yoga teacher for 11 years
What I love most about my classes is the before and after difference. Most people come into the class in some way stressed and leave with an entirely different outlook on their day. My hope is that eventually the feeling of peace with which students leave class will expand past the immediate future and be life changing.
My yoga journey began later in life as a form of exercise. I learned quickly that the physical benefits of a yoga practice are only a very small part of what yoga is, that yoga is a practice that reaches into every aspect of our humanity. I discovered Yin yoga after years of practicing and becoming certified to teach Hatha yoga. All forms of yoga teach us something but I resonated deeply with the practice of Yin.
Sarah Powers, one of my Yin Yoga teachers, has said of the practice "it's like taking a shower on the inside." My interpretation is that it's like clearing cobwebs, reaching deeply into corners, perhaps finding more clarity among the chaos of our day to day lives. In addition, staying in the Yin shapes for three to five minutes strengthens us mentally since the shapes often cause discomfort. Yin teaches us to be comfortable with discomfort, which is a very transferable skill. Yin benefits the practitioner physically, mentally and emotionally and will affect each of us differently.
Q & A
What are some skills or talents you have that nobody knows?
Maybe animal whisperer. I don’t know - only the animals do :)
What did you want to be when you were 10?
When I was 10 I wanted to be an alligator. That was when I saw Peter Pan for the first time…either an animal or fairy - tinkerbell comes to mind.
One item on your bucket list?
Travel as much as possible, it’s so enlightening.
One goal you want to accomplish within the next year?
Be happy. You see my goals are not that hard to attain but it does take discipline.
If you could be anywhere other than here at this very moment, where would that be?
I would like to be with my sister, who is in North Carolina vacationing with her daughter and granddaughter.
How long would you last in a zombie apocalypse?
Depends on who is on my side. I could go down real quick or kill all the mo fo’s.
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
Pink Floyd’s Shine On You Crazy Diamond part one