1. What class do you teach, what type/level of class, where and when did you do your training?
I teach the Saturday and Sunday community classes at 4 PM, and Sundays at 10:30 AM. I usually teach a vinyasa flow type class. I focus on linking asanas to breath, and I usually throw out the option of flowing through a chaturanga several times throughout class. My classes are all levels, thus I will suggest possible modifications to make a certain asana more accessible, as well as different ways to go further into a pose. I did my training this past June with Ganga and Tracey Rich at White Lotus Yoga Foundation in Santa Barbara.
2. Why did you want to become a teacher?
I realized very soon after I started practicing yoga daily that I wanted to teach. Yoga, both the physical and mental practice, has helped me grow and transform, and I continue to learn something new about myself every time I come to the mat. I have a lot of gratitude for the practice, and I wanted to be able to send that gratitude out and help others benefit and grow from yoga as well.
3. Why do you practice yoga?
I practice yoga for balance. My practice varies from day to day, depending on what I need from it (even if it’s just sitting and breathing), but it’s always there. When I come to the mat, it slows me down and helps me center into the body rather than running with my thoughts and moving through life so quickly. I practice yoga to cultivate mindfulness. One of my biggest challenges on the mat is slowing down and not just trying to get through my practice like another chore on my to-do list.
4. What do you hope your students take from your classes?
While my classes tend to be physically challenging, one of my biggest hopes for my students is that they take their practice at their own pace. I think one of the most important things you can learn from yoga is patience, i.e. breathing calmly into a stretch that is particularly intense, modifying in a way that makes your body feel best, and knowing that if a particular asana isn’t accessible today, eventually it will be. I think a lot of these lessons we can take off the mat, and into our daily lives, and I hope my students are able to get that out of my classes.
5. What are some favorite musical groups that you play in class?
I put a lot of thought into my playlists, and always practice to them before using them in the studio. They always vary a lot, but Sigur Ros and Mogwai regularly find their ways onto them. I also like to play some local bands, like Sweet Crude and Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band.
6. Where do you get your inspiration as a teacher?
My students! I am constantly amazed by how strong they are. Seeing their practices grow and flourish is a beautiful process, and I am so thankful to be there to witness it!
7. What’s your current fav pose?
I’m split on this one, recently I can’t get enough of child’s pose or headstand. There is something that feels so good about sitting back into a child’s pose and resting my forehead onto the mat with my eyes closed and breathing deep, especially after a long day. On the other hand, headstand is energizing, but it’s also incredibly centering, and every time I come down from one I am totally zen’d out.