Transformation can only come about when the time is right and the flames can consume all that was in order to let the new life blossom and grow. It is the process of life and it is a fluid, unending process that is miraculous and powerful. It took me many years to understand this, and it was a tough but important lesson that has allowed me to heal and grow in more ways than I can speak of.
1) Favorite quote.
"When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy." Rumi
2) Why did you start doing yoga?
Having spent a fair amount of my young adult life in an everlasting fight with body image issues and a form of eating disorder, my original quest for yoga was that of vanity. I desperately needed to find more ways to lose weight and misguidedly thought this could be it. Thankfully, as the weeks wore on and the practice started to truly take root with in, my views began to change. My obsession with food and body fat began to slowly disappear and one class at a time, one breath at a time, one gentle pose after the next, my world became bright and beautiful. I knew then, that this was my journey and I was ready to take it on, to nourish it and care for it from that moment on. To read more about my journey, read this article.
3) What kind of yoga do you like?
I love all yoga. But what I love most is truly exploring every limb of the yogic tree as we begin to grow, learn and create.
4) What qualities do you look to embody as a teacher?
An open heart, a disposition to heal, help and guide and a gentle humility and raw sense of self. (No fakers allowed)
5) What is one valuable insight you have gained from practicing yoga?
There are too many to count. But perhaps one of the biggest ones is the fact that we can always change our worlds by shifting our perspectives and remaining open to grace and love.
6) How do you avoid injury when doing yoga?
Focus on the breath is the single most invaluable asset in the practice. This is what allows you to move in a meditative way and pay attention to your body. Always knowing when to stop and when to challenge yourself a bit more. Breath is key.
7) How do you know what style of yoga is best for you?
In my experience, the yoga that allows you to shift your paradigm in a gentle manner is the best suited for all. However, I also believe a balance must be struck; and so, all yoga can be suited for each individual depending on what is happening in that person's life and body on a day to day basis.