Sam believes yoga is living in awareness and humbleness. Yoga was never meant to be a practice that revolved around fancy outfits and impressive postures. (Although those can be alluring as well!) Yoga was meant to be a philosophy, a tool in which to wake yourself up from the deep sleep you've been living in for however long. She was intrigued by yoga in her late teens when she saw how it related to many other philosophies she was adopting into her life at the time.
Sam first trained on the Jersey Shore and received her 200 hour certification in 2012. Within a year Sam went to India for the first time to attend a second 200 hour teacher training in the Himalayas. After returning from India for the first time Sam and Tess McDaniel opened Bodhi Movement, a yoga studio in Jackson, New Jersey in January of 2014. Tess later became a supporting teacher instead of co-owner but continues to work with the school consistently. Sam has trained in New York City at Laughing Lotus and was certified in their 50 hour FLY training. Shortly after she traveled to San Diego, California to attend the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence with Pattabhi Jois’ son Mañju and other authorized Mysore Ashtanga teachers. At this point Sam was very interested in the Ashtanga lineage and method. Sam continued to practice primary series for the next several years to refine her personal practice. Since becoming involved in ashtanga, Sam has begun to fly yearly to Mysore, India for further study with Saraswathi at KPJAYI. She does not wish to be authorized but wants to share her love of Ashtanga to all that are open. Sam was trained privately in Greece and Boulder, Colorado to complete her 300 yoga teacher training in 2016.
Bodhi Movement became a certified Yoga Alliance School in 2014, and ran their first 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2014-2015 with Joell Lanfrank. Sam and Tina Bock created Bodhi Yoga Academy in late 2014, early 2015. Sam now hosts teacher trainings all over the world with the school. Bodhi Yoga Academy now operates mainly with Sam, Irene Pappas and Tess McDaniel as it's head teachers, using supporting teachers in most trainings. Bodhi Yoga Academy recently started hosting 300 hour yoga teacher trainings and will continue to host retreats, 200 and 300 hour trainings all over the world, including in their current hometown of Boulder, Colorado. Sam uses rough language and isn't afraid to talk about the forbidden topics; religion, politics, and ethics. All will be discussed in her retreats & teacher trainings.
Current Location: Boulder, Colorado