Sophie became a Registered Yoga Teacher (200 RYT) with Yoga Alliance and Anusara Elements yoga teacher in 2015. She is also a veterinarian interested in wildlife conservation and veterinary acupuncture. While in vet school at Cornell Sophie taught weekly yoga classes as part of Cornell’s Veterinary Health and Wellness Initiative encouraging self-care and well-being as the focus and goal of all her classes. Sophie has obtained her L2 SUP instructor certification and began teaching stand-up paddleboard yoga classes as part of Cayuga SUP Yoga. She has received training in Trauma-Informed Yoga to continue her study in making yoga accessible to all populations. Sophie enjoys teaching yoga for all audiences no matter their experience or background and strives to make her classes grounded and accessible to all.
We asked Sophie:
Why do you practice yoga?
Initially it was to heal from physical injuries, but as I’ve found, it has, and continues to, heal and fuel my soul. The practices have now become something my body actively craves and I know I can always tap in to that whenever I need to. That level of accessibility and comfort is very powerful.
What fuels you?
Time with the human and non-human animals that I love.
Spending time next to, on, or in water is always and forever my happy place.
Filling up with music by either making it or listening to others.
What can people expect in your Mighty classes?
A space where everyone will be welcome and supported in their own practice. I believe in fostering a community where we can safely discharge and manage stress to build a culture of wellness and vitality.
Sophie’s favorite piece of wisdom:
I’m in love with Cheryl Strayed and her book “Brave Enough”. This is my favorite quote from that book.
“You don’t have to get a job that makes others feel comfortable about what they perceive as your success. You don’t have to explain what you plan to do with your life. You don’t have to justify your education by demonstrating its financial rewards. You don’t have to maintain an impeccable credit score. Anyone who expects you to do any of those things has no sense of history or economics or science or the arts. You have to pay your own electric bill. You have to be kind. You have to give it all you’ve got. You have to find people who love you truly and love them back with the same truth, but that’s all.”