What initially inspired you to do yoga?
The movements alone were a great inspiration and helped me heal my body from the effects of competitive and extreme sports. But I was inspired to do a lot of yoga and become a teacher while living in Costa Rica with a group of girls who taught myself and other people in our surfing community.
What do you remember about your 1st yoga class?
I took my first yoga class while in High School. It was taught by my childhood gymnastics coach. I remember I was so thrilled to see her in a different light…there was no competitive drive, only love and she told me I had a fantastic “toe spread as I was grounding into my mat”.
What keeps you coming back to your mat everyday?
The feeling of love that I receive from the universe keeps me coming back. I become more in touch with my feelings and subtle energies around me. This gives me more energy to move forward from a place of mindful movement.
What part(s) of yoga resonate with you?
Over the years many things have resonated with me in different ways or at different times. The physical postures allow me to protect my body. The spiritual work of yoga keeps me compassionate and eager to learn. The the study of yoga is keeping me connected with my students.
How has yoga affected your life? what does it mean to you?
To me the practice of yoga is a way of life and the physical postures are only the prep work for how I handle all situations.
How does yoga make you feel? has it contributed to some healing in your life?
Yoga helps me feel happy and content with where I am and in love with each experience. It has helped me heal my lower back from several injuries lifting weights, running and snowboarding. The healing comes mostly from mindful movements around this area.
What makes you avoid yoga? what makes you commit to yoga?
With teaching yoga as my full time job, there is no avoiding it. I am committed to the service of sharing experiences in a safe way to prepare the mind and body for stressful times. This to me, becomes preventative medicine.
What about yoga enables you to help others and change the world for the better?
I actively do my best to practice the eight limbs of Yoga. One that resonates with me is Ahimsa: non-violence/non-judgment. This limb challenges me to not harm myself or others through thoughts, words and actions. It helps me stop and think before acting.
Do you have a favorite quote that you live by and if so, what is it?
In any quiet moment when you are breathing,
The breath may flow out and pause of itself,
Or flow in and pause of itself.
Here experience opens into exquisite vastness
With no beginning and no end.
Embrace this infinity without reservation.
Dive into it,drink deeply, and emerge renewed.
- From The Radiance Sutras, Tantra Yoga Teachings For Opening To The Divine In Everyday Life.