Pure and simple: I love yoga. It made me a happier, healthier person, and I wanted to be able to expand on that. I have been a teacher off and on throughout my life, so it made sense to go down this path, to explore the practice from a different perspective.
What is your favorite thing about teaching?
The community, the students, and the connections that are built when people slow down and savor the moment. We all live busy lives and it’s not uncommon to be surrounded by people without actually building a relationship with anyone. Yoga is an intimate practice. It requires awareness and vulnerability, and it’s a huge responsibility and honor when a student gives you an hour or more out of their day to learn and explore their practice. The second a student enters into the studio, they are no longer a stranger…they are someone who trusts you to keep them safe, to offer up what you know, and to allow them space to be themselves.
What is something you are working on within your practice right now?
Body awareness. I’ve noticed that the more embodied I am, the more aches, pains, and sensations I feel. I’m starting to slow my practice down, go back to the basics, and experiment with my strengths as well as my limitations. Not only is this making my asana practice more challenging, but it is requiring me to be more present in my body.
What about outside of yoga? What’s going on in your life?