12 Things that I want to remember every yoga class that I teach.

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Yoga Teachers are human, too. Sometimes when I teach or take a class I forget that because we can either glorify another or be glorified ourselves. I am a firm-believer in being humble and connected to others around me and, we cannot do so if we put each other on a pedestal. 


When I teach, I want to teach from a place of compassion and love- which can only be done so if I set boundaries for myself and others, keep my mind and heart open. I’ve been teaching for almost seven years and, every class that I teach, I learn something new. 


Of all that I have learnt, here is a taste of what I want to remember every time that I teach


1. Practice is my foundation. 


2. Compassion is necessary. 


3. Love is the most important energy. 


4. I am a teacher; not a bully. 


5. I am on the same level as my fellow practitioners in This World of lessons. 


6. My Ego has no place in a yoga class. 


7. Safety is essential. 


8. Being present will allow me to truly enjoy what I do. 


9. I am not above anyone else. 


10. Props and terminology do not replace kindness. 


11. Everyone is going through something so I need to be careful of the energy that I put out. 


12. I can be firm and kind at the same time.

What inspired Mind•Body•Connection? W/ Hali Tsotetsi

CEO and FOUNDER of Mind•Body•Connection .

CEO and FOUNDER of Mind•Body•Connection.

BiologiqueLife just launched a wellness service directory that connects wellness professionals, wellness studios and clientele interested in wellness services. 


We are so proud of this venture. And, would like to share more about this endeavour with you. Our team asked The Founder and CEO, Hali Tsotetsi some questions about Mind•Body•Connection


1. What inspired this concept? 

Well, I have been teaching yoga for almost seven years and although wellness (as an industry) makes money, most people who choose this professional route are struggling. It’s almost as though we are being punished for doing good in The World. 


I wanted to shift this perspective and create a platform that supports people who are creating health for themselves and others. 


2. What’s behind the name? 

We always talk about the connection between mind&body in this industry but very few embody it. I believe that this is because the wellness industry is separate; however, we should be united. Someone’s wellbeing can thrive if they take care of all aspects of their health; not just practice yoga, not just go to a chiropractor... But, a combination of what that person needs to be at their best. 


3. Who is Mind•Body•Connection for?

From a professional standpoint, it is for someone who is a wellness practitioner who believes that they deserve to make money and sustain a career off of creating health for themselves and others. Many of us (in wellness) are not treated well, paid enough or don’t even believe that we are worthy of making the same as someone who works a traditional office job. However, Mind•Body•Connection is here to debunk that. If you believe that you are worthy, invest in yourself first. Don’t wait for others to invest in you, first! 


From a client perspective, it is for the person who believes that preventative health will help them live a more full and happy life. Everyday, more and more science reveals to us that taking care of yourself is number one. If we take care of ourselves, we are better off - in the long run. 


4. What’s your vision for Mind•Body•Connection? 

To build a platform where millions of people around The World can connect because they share a commonality. And, that is to see the world in a better state of being. A World where practicing yoga is just as important as your daily coffee, where visiting a holistic practitioner supports seeing your modern doctor and where people who work in wellness are taken as seriously as a technician, engineer or even a lawyer.

3 More things that I have learnt from teaching and practicing yoga.

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It’s no secret that my first love and passion is yoga. Practicing and teaching yoga has taught me so many things, almost daily lessons. Lessons that I have managed to interpret to the rest of my life. 


Although I have learnt many things, here are 3 that I have translated from teaching yoga into my daily life. 


1. Everything that is worthy requires effort and participation to work. 

This is something that I have just finally understood, completely. As an optimist, dreamer and romantic, I used to believe that I am worthy of love, happiness and peace. Which is accurate. However, one thing that I have had to learn is that just because I am worthy of it, doesn’t mean that it won’t require work and effort. Love, happiness and peace come when we make the choices that align with such. Just like with the other things that I mentioned, yoga is something that is a gift and a blessing but still requires participation to reap the benefits of a practice.


2. Everyone is not meant to like me

This is a lesson that I have had to learn over and over. I must say that I will probably have to learn again, which is okay. When I was younger, I was a people-pleaser and would say yes to people just to avoid conflict. Seeing people upset at me after disagreeing with them or saying to no them used to really affect me. Teaching yoga has taught me that there is a purpose for everything and if I say yes to someone while it sacrifices myself, it is not helping either of us. ‘Satya’ meaning truth in Sanskrit is a principle that I have been practicing lately. In Western culture, we have this concept that being a Yogi means being nice to everyone all-the-time. However, if saying yes now will make you resent the person that you are saying yes to, then that is not truthful. It is manipulation and deception. Sometimes standing in your truth might upset another, stand in it anyway.


3. Whatever is meant for me will find me

Most of us are raised to believe the construct of modern society that is based on capitalism. In this system, there is always a winner and a loser. So, most of us spend our lives competing with those of us around us while forgetting that each of our lives belongs to us. It has taken me some time to understand and truly learn that life is not a race. Especially as someone who disliked school, I left with the mentality that I would show everyone how wrong they were about me and prove my worthiness through success. That mentality is exhausting because a life of resentment and bitterness only wears one out, from the inside-out. If I give my all, am the kindest person that I can be, self-reflect, enjoy my life and be proud of who I am, I am always headed in the right direction. Because I am headed in the direction that I am meant to be in, this I learn every time that I step onto my mat. 

Impilo yami injengomugodi: yonke intambo iyingxenye yesithombe esikhulu.

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Isimo Tsotetsi ngu -Editor-in- Chief noMsunguli weBiologiqueLife. Ubelokhu efundisa i-yoga kusukela ngo-2013. Uzalelwe eNew York futhi ukhulele eNingizimu Afrika naseNgilandi, manje u-Hali uhlala futhi ufunda eLos Angeles.

1. Yisiphi isitayela se-yoga osifundisayo?

Ngifundisa iVinyasa, i-Yoga yesiNtu esiFudumele neYin.

2. Yini inhloso yakho ngemuva kokufundisa?

Ukuba iqiniso futhi usakaze lelo qiniso, noma ngabe libukeka kanjani.

3. Bangobani abeluleki bakho ku-yoga?

Benginabafundisi abambalwa lapho ngihlala eNew York owayefundisa e-Yoga To The People, omunye wabo owayephethe istudiyo saseBrooklyn. Njengoba ngithuthukile nginguthisha futhi ngilahlekelwe ukuxhumana nabanye babaeluleki bami ngenxa yempilo nokuthi iqhubeka kanjani, ngisanda kwenza ukuthula nokuthi abanye babo ngeke besaba khona empilweni yami. Ngakho-ke, njengamanje, anginaye umeluleki we-yoga kodwa esikhundleni sokufuna umeluleki wami ngaphandle kwami, ngizobheka ngaphakathi. NjengoPatrabi K. Jois uthe kahle, 'Konke kuyeza,' futhi ngikholwa ukuthi ngakho konke. Uma uhlala emzileni ofanele, uyiqiniso, hlala uphakeme futhi uyiqiniso, konke kuyeza. Kuyindaba yesikhathi kuphela.

4. Yini ekufundise yona?

Ngifunde izinto eziningi kakhulu kubeluleki bangaphambili. Okukodwa ukuthi angifanele ukuthanda wonke umuntu. Ngithathe ukuqeqeshwa kothisha kuJared McCann ngoJanuwari, 2016 futhi kwakungokuguqula ngaphakathi. Ukugcizelele ukuthi ibe yiqiniso engangikade ngilwela nayo. Ukuholwa nguye kungisizile endleleni yami yokuba ngeqiniso.

5. Sicela usho incwadi oyifundile nge-yoga eye yaba nethonya elihle kuwe?

Okuningi. Okukodwa 'Izinganekwane zeThe Asanas' ngu-Alanna Kaivalya.

6. Yisiphi isifundo osifunda kumkhuba wakho we-Asana?

Njengamanje ngifunda izifundo ezimbili manje; Ukubekezela Nokwethemba.

Bengihlala ngisebenza kahle ekuthembeni ngaze ngagijinyelwa yiNew York City. Bengihlala eNew York iminyaka elishumi njengomuntu okhulile. Ngasekupheleni, ngadlula kokunye okuhlangenwe nakho okunamandla kakhulu nokucishe kwangabi khona umuntu angabhekana nakho. Kungiholele phansi kwendlela yokungazethembi, ikakhulukazi kimina nakubantu. Njengamanje, umkhuba wami ungikhumbuza ukuthi kunesithombe esikhudlwana futhi ukuvumela kungcono kunokuphoqa umphumela wami. Uma ngibheka emuva, uNkulunkulu neThe Universe bebelokhu bazi ukuthi yini ebingilungele. Lapho ngilala eSavasana, ngizama ukuzinikela kulowo mbono.

7. Uzijwayeza kaningi kangakanani?

Cishe nsuku zonke.

8. Ngabe uwasebenzisa kanjani amanye amalungu e-yoga ayisikhombisa empilweni yakho ngaphandle kuka-Asana?

Njengomuntu we-Aquarius weqiniso, angiyena ongcono ngokulandela imithetho. Imithetho iyangethusa empeleni. Ngakho-ke, i-niyamas & yamas akuyona i-forte yami. Ngithanda ukuphila nge-karma. Ukuthi impilo yami ifana ne-quilt: konke engikufaka ngentambo kuyingxenye yesithombe esikhulu. Ngakho-ke, ngiyazibuza, ngifuna leso sithombe sibukeke kanjani?

Ngiphinde ngiprakthize iDharana (ukuzindla) kabili ngosuku okungenani ihora-ngosuku.

9. Kungani ukuba khona kubaluleke kakhulu kuwe?

Ngoba impilo yenzeka manje. Bengilokhu ngingumuntu oqhutshwa ngokweqile. Eqinisweni, noma ngubani ongazi kahle, uyazi ukuthi ngihlala ngisebenza futhi ngisebenza kakhulu. Muva nje, nginqume ukuthi ngibe khona kakhulu kunalokho ebengikhona ngoba ikusasa alikho ngaphandle kokuba khona. Bengilokhu ngibheke esikhathini esizayo enjabulweni futhi manje, ngifuna ukubheka noma yini engiyifunayo ngoba manje ukuphela komzuzu kungenzeka.

10. Singaqhubeka kanjani nawe ekuxhumaneni nomphakathi? Yini isibambo sakho se-IG ne / FB?

IG yami yami @halitsotetsi

12 Inspirational Quotes by K. Pattabhi Jois.

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K. Pattabhi Jois is globally known for being the incredible yoga Guru that he was. While he spread the practice of Ashtanga yoga, he also inspired many with his teachings and profound words of wisdom. 


Here are 12 quotes by K. Pattabhi Jois:


1. ‘Do your practice and all is coming’.


2. ‘Anyone can practice. Young man can practice. Old man can practice. Very old man can practice. Man who is sick, he can practice. Man who doesn't have strength can practice. Except lazy people; lazy people can't practice Ashtanga yoga.’


3. ‘It is very important to understand yoga philosophy: without philosophy, practice is not good, and yoga practice is the starting place for yoga philosophy. Mixing both is actually the best.’


4. ‘Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory.’


5. ‘Yoga is your mind control capacity.’


6. ‘Body is not stiff, mind is stiff.’


7. ‘Yoga is for internal cleansing, not external exercising. Yoga means true self-knowledge.’


8. ‘Yoga is universal…. But don’t approach yoga with a business mind looking for worldly gain.’


9. ‘When the breath control is correct, mind control is possible.’


10. ‘Yoga is an internal practice. The rest of just a circus.’


11. ‘So whether you do your first downward dog at 14 or 44, it’s not your history but your presence on your mat that counts.’


12. ‘The full ashtanga system practiced with devotion leads to freedom within one's heart.’



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‘If I’m not present, what’s the point?’

Adriana Lee is a yoga teacher and reiki healer.

Adriana Lee is a yoga teacher and reiki healer.

1. What style of yoga do you teach? And, where are you located?

I teach Forrest Yoga, Budokon Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Yin!


2. What is your intention behind teaching?

My intention is to help my students connect their minds, bodies, and spirits. As well as to teach my students how to heal themselves, and to spread joy through the practice of yoga. 


3. Who are your mentors in yoga? 

Heba Saab is my main mentor but I’ve also studied under Cameron Shayne, and Vidya Jaqueline Heisel. 


4. What have they taught you? 

Heba taught me all about Forrest yoga, helped me further my understanding of anatomy & biomechanics, and how to teach. Cameron Shayne taught me about animal locomotives, philosophy, and about patience& strength. Vidya was my first 200 hour teacher and she taught me all of the basics, the traditions, and a lot about ahimsa. 


5. Please mention a book that you have read about yoga that has had a positive impact on you? 

Fierce Medicine is my number one recommendation, always. 


6. What lesson are you currently learning in your Asana practice? 

I am learning and re-learning that the practice is individual and it is an internal practice. The moment we focus too much on the external or get lost in comparison we lose the point. 


7. How often do you practice? 

My practice looks different every day. Right now, it consists of daily meditation and asana practice about 4-7 days a week. 


8. How do you implement the other 7 limbs of yoga into your life other than Asana? 

Ahimsa comes first and foremost. I am always checking to make sure that my actions are kind to all sentient beings and to the planet. I practice all of the Yamas and Niyamas - not perfectly,of course, but I do try. I also meditate (Dharamshi) regularly. 


9. Why is being present so important to you

I know what it’s like to get swept up in the future and the past; however neither of those places exist right now. When we’re not in the moment we miss out on that moment. If I’m not present, what’s the point? I’ve found that being in nature or with animals is extremely grounding. My dog is my guru (LOL). But seriously, he gets my undivided attention and it’s teaching me to be more present with people too.


10. How can we keep up with you on social media? What is your IG handle and/ FB name?

I’m easy to find! On Instagram, Facebook, and on my website it’s all under Yoga with Adriana. @yogawithadriana 

‘There is a very common misconception that yoga is only for the white, elite population. Or, yoga is only for the “bendy,” or “flexible.”

Alba Avella is a yoga teacher located in Denver.

Alba Avella is a yoga teacher located in Denver.

1.What style of yoga do you teach? And, where are you located? I teach a style of vinyasa and power yoga, and I am located in Denver, CO. 


2. What is your intention behind teaching?

My intention for teaching has evolved over the years. At first, I just wanted to help people move their bodies in a new and unique way. As I have gotten older and more experienced in this yoga community, I realize there is a very common misconception that yoga is only for the white, elite population. Or, yoga is only for the “bendy,” or “flexible.” These are myths that I want to debunk when it comes to yoga. Yoga is accessible to anyone, anywhere, for any body. Beyond the physical practice, my goal is to teach my students how to live their yoga off the mat. Yoga is not about backbends, name brand leggings, and “perfect” bodies. Yoga is a lifestyle of kindness, compassion, and wellness. My biggest goal is to bring yoga into lower income communities, schools, and non-profits to show that yoga can help and heal all humans no matter where you are in the race. 

3. Who are your mentors in yoga?  My main mentor is my own teacher Dawnelle Arthur. She taught me how to teach yoga in my own right way. I have tons of inspiration from other movers such as Martha Graham, the inventor of contemporary modern dance. I look to people like martial arts expert Bruce Lee, movers like Ronda Rousey and Simone Biles. Yogis like Alexandra Crow, and Kyle Weiger. Mentors that are or have been disruptive, and make or have made waves for the status quo. 

4. What have they taught you? My mentors have always taught me to never believe anything unless it resonates within your own body and soul. They have taught me to never get caught in one box, or one description. I am a mover in every sense of the word, and my mentors have taught me to never settle for the norm. 


5. Please mention a book that you have read about yoga that has had a positive impact on you? 

Women Who Run With The Wolves.


6. What lesson are you currently learning in your Asana practice? 

I listen to what my body needs on a daily. Somedays I am called to my heart, other days to my hips. Some days, I want a strong vigorous practice and other times, I journal and cry on my mat. My asana practice teaches me to listen to my body and my mind.


7. How often do you practice? 

I get to my mat 3-5 times a week, and exercise in other ways the rest of the week. It’s all about balance. 


8. How do you implement the other 7 limbs of yoga into your life other than Asana? 

I think the true yoga practice happens off the mat. The physical asana is just the tip of the iceberg that is yoga. When I am triggered, and I react in a calm way, that is me taking yoga off the mat. When I can be calm in a stressful situation, that is my yoga. When I can see things from a different lens, that is my ahimsa. 

 Compassion, Empathy, Non- Judgement, those are the three main things I take with me off my mat. We all have our story, and when we practice self care, and love for us and others, then we are practicing yoga in its truest form. 


9. Why is being present so important to you? Being present is so important to me because it is truly a meditation when we are in the present moment. Chatter runs through our heads minute-after-minute on the daily. We are constantly bombarded with information, distractions, etc. We are fed how to look, eat, dress, act all the time. 

When we are present, truly and fully there, that is a beautiful thing. And I strive to find that beauty whenever I can. 


10. How can we keep up with you on social media? What is your IG handle and/ FB name?

Facebook: Alba Avella Yoga 

Instagram: @movement_by_alba 

Website: alba-yoga.com 

‘How can you fully enjoy a sunrise on a mountain peak if you are already thinking about the next higher mountain?‘

Marcel Clementi is a yoga teacher based in Austria.

Marcel Clementi is a yoga teacher based in Austria.

1. What style of yoga do you teach?

 I teach Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha, Power Yoga and Yin.


2. What is your intention behind teaching?

I want to inspire my students to live a healthier and happier life and to learn useful things not only for the mat but also for their daily life. Yoga is more than just doing the asanas. It’s a way of living.


3. Who are your mentors in yoga? 

Victor Hernandez is the teacher of both of my teacher trainings and a very inspiring, young teacher. Online I like to get new inspirations from Patrick Beach.

4. What have they taught you? 
They taught me that every body and everybody is different – and that’s beautiful. And that the journey of being a good yoga teacher never ends. Continuous studying, growing, practicing and reading is necessary for being an inspiring teacher and person.

5. Please mention a book that you have read about yoga that has had a positive impact on you? 

There are many! But perfectly imperfect by Baron Baptiste and The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle are definitely my favorites so far.


6. What lesson are you currently learning in your Asana practice? 

Currently I am focusing more on the awareness and the body-mind-connection and to deepen my meditation during the asanas. I am practicing more gentle flows and I prefer to hold the asanas a little bit longer. When I started with yoga I saw it more as my daily workout routine. Now it’s my daily meditation routine. My lesson is that the real change is happening inside.

7. How often do you practice? 

 If possible every day.

8. How do you implement the other 7 limbs of yoga into your life other than Asana? 
I am always trying to keep a positive mindset, to be honest and to support others. I take care of myself with my morning routine including meditation, reading and a workout.

But the most important thing for me is, to take my yoga and meditation practice into my daily life. To enjoy a beautiful day in nature, to really listen during a conversation and to be fully present as often as possible. Yoga helps me to live my life more fully.

 

9. Why is being present so important to you? 

Because if you just plan your future or think about your past, you never really live.

How can you fully enjoy a sunrise on a mountain peak if you are already thinking about the next higher mountain? Or, you compare the moment with the last sunset you saw?

Live for each moment, be happy and grateful and life will offer you more than you can imagine.

10. How can we keep up with you on social media? What is your IG handle and/ FB name?

 

My Instagram is @marcelclementiyoga

Blog www.marcel-clementi.com

YouTube Marcel Clementi

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‘Yoga is basically in everything.’

Natascha Henderson is a Yoga teacher based in Germany.

Natascha Henderson is a Yoga teacher based in Germany.

1. What style of yoga do you teach? I did my teacher training in Satyananda Yoga but have been influenced by many styles of yoga over the years and more or less created my own nuance based on classical hatha yoga.

2. What is your intention behind teaching? Yoga has given me so much - psychologically, physically, emotionally. Being so filled by this gives me an inner drive to share it. 

3. Who are your mentors in yoga? Heinz Grill has had a big impact on me - more the pictures of his asanas which expressed the way I feel in yoga. Patanjali, of course, mainly yoga itself- the practice itself is the greatest guru for me.

4. What have they taught you? Patience, precision, surrender and love.

5. Please mention a book that you have read about yoga that has had a positive impact on you? The Yoga Sutras

6. What lesson are you currently learning in your Asana practice? I´m leaning/relearning to trust in life.

7. How often do you practice? Everyday.

8. How do you implement the other 7 limbs of yoga into your life other than Asana? Yoga is basically in everything. I think if you´ve practiced most of your life, you find it becomes interwoven in your life.

9. Why is being present so important to you?  Because it is the difference between existing and living.

10. How can we keep up with you on social media? What is your IG handle and/ FB name? my IG name is @natascha_yoga.

‘I think the biggest lesson I have received is to believe in myself.’

Natalie Jones is a Yoga teacher based in New York City.

Natalie Jones is a Yoga teacher based in New York City.

1. What style(s) of yoga do you teach?

I teach Baptiste Power & Bikram yoga as well as Inferno Hot Pilates. Recently I co-created and have been teaching a style that combines yoga & Pilates, and it is so much fun! 


2. What is your intention behind teaching?

My intention behind teaching is to empower people to live their most awesome lives. If I can help them to feel amazing and learn to have fun and laugh along the way, I feel I have done my job. Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved making people laugh and one of my biggest joys as an adult is showing people that wellness can be fun. I love to help people heal, and I love connecting with people on a deeper level. It is a privilege and their is such magic in these connections.


3. Who are your mentors in yoga? 

I have had some amazing mentors along the way that have opened me up to so much possibility. Marla Thomas, owner of Queen City Yoga in Burlington, VT. Louise Giordani, founder of Everywear Activewear, and Gabi Walters, creator of Inferno Hot Pilates. I have been so blessed to have such inspiring people in my life that have pushed me to be my best self!


4. What have they taught you? 

I think the biggest lesson I have received is to believe in myself. If I want something or to get somewhere, it is up to me and it is going to be hard work. It's also going to be totes worth it. 


5. Please mention a book that you have read about yoga that has had a positive impact on you? 

How Yoga Works by Michael Roach. It is such a beautiful story about the power and magic of yoga, and how it lives and breathes in all spaces and places in our life. 


6. What lesson are you currently learning in your Asana practice? 

To flow. I've been thinking a lot about how to tap into the natural rhythm and flow that exists on and off my mat. When we are in a true state of flow nothing else matters and we are fully present. 


7. How often do you practice? 

I practice 5-6 times a week, which may or may not include a self-practice. My philosophy is that in order to stay true to and inspired in one's craft they must practice it. I teach four different modalities, so that keeps me busy.  


8. How do you implement the other 7 limbs of yoga into your life other than Asana? 

I journal and am always in self-inquiry, I eat and consume mindfully (yes, I am a self-proclaimed cheeseburger connoisseur, but I only eat pasture-raised and local), I am a volunteer mentor for Africa Yoga Project, and my coaching business naturally incorporates yoga philosophy. 


9. Why is being present so important to you

I recently heard that when we think of the past, we most likely experience sadness and when we look to the future, we experience anxiety. In the present moment is where we can access happiness and contentment. I like being happy :)


10. How can we keep up with you on social media? What is your IG handle and/ FB name?

My name on FB is Natalie Jane Jones, my IG is @thenatalizer and my business is @makeme.awesome 



‘Curiosity and questioning are key — I will always practice in this fashion.’

Shakti Bird is a yoga teacher that is international.

Shakti Bird is a yoga teacher that is international.

1. What style of yoga do you teach?

My teaching style has evolved tremendously over the last few years.  Currently, my classes are unlike any particular format that I’ve experienced.  My passion is functional movement/moving for longevity, so I have had to incorporate aspects from a variety of different avenues.  If I had to classify my teaching style, I would say that it is a happy marriage between traditional Hatha Yoga and modern functional movement.


2. What is your intention behind teaching?
My intention is to help others move with intention.  There are so many choices to make in a yoga class, but very few practitioners understand how to work with their intention. My goal is to help students clarify their intention and work towards their goal in the most intelligent and efficient way.  For example, many people in the yoga community would consider “knees, chest, chin” (or prostration pose) a modification for chaturanga; however, if someone has the intention of working on backbending, prostration pose is a far more intelligent (and therefore, advanced) selection for their vinyasas.


3. Who are your mentors in yoga?

My yoga teacher from Naropa University, Nataraja Kallio, will forever impact my teaching and the way that I continuously strive to improve my state of being — he is a real-life example of the goal of yoga.


My partner, Daniel Rama.  Anyone who has had the pleasure of learning from him, has, without a doubt, been elevated in some way from that experience.  Very few words could actually do him justice.  


4. What have they taught you? 

Nataraja — humility and compassion — he leads by the utmost example.

Rama — contentment and unconditional love — again, leading by example.


5. Please mention a book that you have read about yoga that has had a positive impact on you?

The 4 Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz gave me freedom I hadn’t known before reading it. 

6. What lesson are you currently learning in your Asana practice?

I refer to proper practice as “right effort” — knowing my intention and pursuing it in the most efficient way.  I have always found that if I am doing something wrong, then I simply don’t have the proper information regarding that subject.  I truly believe that if someone is doing something repeatedly for an extended period of time and not seeing improvement, then they are doing something (or things) incorrectly — it is likely that they do not have the proper information and therefore, are not practicing with the “right effort”.  My asana practice is currently showing me that all of the information I spent years gathering, questioning, and applying, has truly paid off. Curiosity and questioning are key — I will always practice in this fashion.


7. How often do you practice? 

I have gone through long phases during my non-stop travels where my physical practice has been somewhat nonexistent, however, the real yoga is practiced every single day, all day. Currently, my physical practice is daily.


8. How do you implement the other 7 limbs of yoga into your life other than Asana? 

A true Yogi must embody the first 7 limbs if they are to reach Samadhi, the eighth limb — the goal.  I draw a lot of inspiration from Lord Rama — the depiction of righteousness. By always doing the right thing (being a good human) and taking care of what needs to be done, I find that I am constantly (even if, unconsciously) working the first 7 limbs.  The practices of Meditation and Pranayama have a very profound impact on my existence.


9. Why is being present so important to you?

Joy is found only in the present moment.  If we could all be truly present, we would experience uninterrupted joy through the incredible phenomena of this endlessly beautiful life.


10. How can we keep up with you on social media? What is your IG handle and/ FB name?

Follow me on instagram!  @shaktibird_

‘My greatest Mentor has always been Life.’

Daniel Rama is a travelling Yoga Teacher.

Daniel Rama is a travelling Yoga Teacher.

1. What style of yoga do you teach?

I have been formally trained in an ashram of traditional Hatha Yoga. However, currently I believe it is important for individuals to assess their strength and weaknesses, consider their personal goals, and include those techniques which will help them succeed. If you think about it, the masters of any lineage did not necessarily conform to any specific style. The masters created their own style based upon personal experience. 


2. What is your intention behind teaching?

My intention has always been to move from compulsive reaction to conscious response. I truly believe that we are responsible for every aspect of our life. Everything we are, and everything we are not is our own doing. If we are able to respond consciously to the situations of life, we will find that every single experience is beautiful beyond belief. My intention is to use certain techniques to help others understand this fact as truth.


3. Who are your mentors in yoga? 

There are a few physical figures who have helped accelerate my personal understanding, but my greatest mentor has always been Life itself - or rather, a powerful curiosity for all things within this Life. 

4. What have they taught you? 

Consider the greatest spiritual texts - the Gita, the bible, the koran, etc. All of these great scriptures use analogy and story to shed light on the mysteries of Creation. However, if you express complete curiosity towards all things - big or small - you will begin to gain first hand understanding of the essence of the Scriptures.

5. Please mention a book that you have read about yoga that has had a positive impact on you? 

I have never been much of a reader. Books are second hand information at best - someone else interpretation of their own experience. Because they are second hand, books have always been a little confusing for me. I prefer to focus on first-hand experience.


6. What lesson are you currently learning in your Asana practice? 

My practice began with need for physical rehabilitation. I suffered an injury that doctors told me I would never recover from. But I have always been stubborn, and told myself that these physicians are idiots - they don’t see the complete picture. Within 12 months, through basic meditation, visualization and positive thinking I managed to make a full recovery. Once I had healed the body, I decided to see how far I could push it. Present day, I find almost no challenge within the realm of asana. The more my physical practice develops and evolves, the more I begin to realize how empty such activities are. Of course, maintaining health of the physical body is very important, and my daily practice certainly achieves that end, but in the grand scheme, I recognize that there are far more important dimensions of existence for me to explore. 


7. How often do you practice

24 hours a day, 7 days per week.


8. How do you implement the other 7 limbs of yoga into your life other than Asana? 

Patanjali’s eight limbs are a system of simple guidelines. They are certainly helpful for many individuals, but at the same time, they the natural byproduct of experiencing life as it truly is. Yoga tells us that we are all One - a statement many will utter, but few will actually experience as truth. If you truly realize that we are one and the same, would you need to talk about Yamas and Niyamas? If you see Life the way it truly is, you would recognize and act upon the importance of proper exercise and proper breathing. 


Do you think Patanjali followed this system of ashtanga yoga? Of course not. Patanjali was able to experience the end goal, and reverse engineered the process so that others might experience that same outcome. If you walk into every situation with complete curiosity, you will be a natural master of all 8 limbs.


9. Why is being present so important to you

Being present is not important. If you are serious about Life, it is the only real option.


10. How can we keep up with you on social media? What is your IG handle and/ FB name?

Follow me @danielrama_ on instagram and visit www.danielrama.com for information on upcoming workshops, retreats and yoga teacher trainings. 





‘I don't need to protect myself from what I think my limitations are.’

Mary Emfinger is a Yoga Teacher based in Texas.

Mary Emfinger is a Yoga Teacher based in Texas.

1. What style of yoga do you teach?

I teach a smattering of styles. My first love was Yin Yoga and that has allowed to branch out into also teaching classes like Gentle Yoga, Slow Flow, Hot Power Fusion, and Restorative (yep, it's different than Yin).  


2. What is your intention behind teaching?

Keep learning from every-yogi. I want to go into each class with an open mind and the ability to change the sequence I have developed specifically for the yogis that showed up to practice that day. Bodies, in all of their strength and in all of their limitation, should be honored and respected. Therefore, my class should be for the people who show up as opposed to whatever it was that I thought I should teach at that day and time.  


3. Who are your mentors in yoga? 

Rebekah Rivera, every teacher of every yoga class I've ever taken and each yogi I have ever had the honor of teaching. 


4. What have they taught you? 

How do I even begin? Firstly, to be myself. When I am teaching, do not change who I am - and I'm committed to holding fast to that. Although I look up to many yoga teachers, it does not benefit any of us for me to strive to become them. People who gravitate to the classes I teach will be different than the people who gravitate to my teachers, and that is a wonderful thought. 


They have all taught me the importance of language, how to teach to each different yogi, how to honor the strength in every human body. How to laugh during class. How to play.


5. Please mention a book that you have read about yoga that has had a positive impact on you? 

Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy by Sadhguru gave me practical ways and often funny anecdotes to practice yoga in the everyday moments. 


6. What lesson are you currently learning in your Asana practice? 

I don't need to protect myself from what I think my limitations are.  


7. How often do you practice? 

I practice a few times a week. I have a very physical lifestyle, I also run, swim, bike and weight train on a regular basis to keep my fitness levels high enough for distance marathon and triathlon races, so asana practice is often my "guilty pleasure" - my coach only approves one yoga class every week or so, so please don't tell her!


8. How do you implement the other 7 limbs of yoga into your life other than Asana? 

Yama - Integrity is one of my core values. I feel strongly about doing what I say I am going to do. I keep a vegetarian diet, I believe in positive self-affirmation (something I've been practicing during running),  I believe in Asteya not only of belongings but also of thoughts, time, etc. 

Niyama - Self-discipline comes out of me in the ongoing journey of contentment. I honor how I feel, trying to never judging any emotion according to how society has classified it (ie happy, angry, sad, etc) as either good or bad. 


Pranayama - I love practicing and teaching these before or after asana. Square breathing and alternate nostril breathing are the ones I gravitate to most often.


Pratyahara - Do you ever stop for a few minutes and send your thoughts inside your own body? You can feel things moving around - maybe it's energy, or blood, or food digesting... it's pretty rad. Sometimes just placing my hands on myself helps me with this.

Dharana - This one is hard for me. Usually chanting is the best way for me to keep concentration on one thing and let go of my mind chatter. Still working on it to be honest.

Dhyana - I believe a person can meditate anywhere, anyway, any place they want to. It's different for everyone - I'm not usually the sit and meditate in silence kind of gal, although I can get there after an asana practice. If you meditate walking, running, sewing, riding a horse, playing dodgeball I'd have probably sit at that lunch table in high school.


Samadhi - This is a destination and the journey is my life.  


9. Why is being present so important to you? 

If I can stay in the moment, I can avoid feelings of disappointment or depression. Staying in my body and in the moment allows me to spend more time in contentment.  


10. How can we keep up with you on social media? What is your IG handle and/ FB name?

Please follow me on instagram @marekinss and join my mailing list at maryemfinger.com


‘You can have the most amazing standing bow and eat all the kale, but if you're not kind to others, you're missing something.’

Ksenia Voropaeva is a yoga teacher based in New York City. She is also the Founder of Anaday-   available in our retail section

Ksenia Voropaeva is a yoga teacher based in New York City. She is also the Founder of Anaday- available in our retail section

1. What style of yoga do you teach? 


I teach a mix of lineages that have been taught to me, and that resonate in my personal practice. I believe in teaching what I know. So I combine Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Bikram, Dharma, Kundalini, Mantra, plus incorporate new things that I'm learning and working on myself. I'm forever a student and that keeps me curious and growing. Being a teacher means being a student first.

2. What is your intention behind teaching?

To pass on the teachings and help people feel better.


3. Who are your mentors in yoga? 

So many amazing teachers through the years in NYC! Jared McCann has pushed (and still pushes) my practice to the next level. Erin Rose gives a depth that's like no other. I now notice my kidneys when I practice. Gauri has shifted my life in so many ways through mantra work. My partner, Mario,teaches my everyday how to take the yoga home (om shanti). And I’m always learning so, so much from my yoga community—the amazing humans who I feel like I've known through lifetimes at this point. There's is something so special about deep asana and mediation work with people. You get to know them on another level. It’s like osmosis. These are my mentors.


4. What have they taught you? 

Be present, do the practice every. single. day. (doesn't have to be asana, doesn't have to be on a mat, but it needs to be something), be kind, be of service, love.


5. Please mention a book that you have read about yoga that has had a positive impact on you? 

The Science of Breath.


6. What lesson are you currently learning in your Asana practice? 

Big shifts happen in subtle ways.


7. How often do you practice? 

Everyday.


8. How do you implement the other 7 limbs of yoga into your life other than Asana? 

Through everyday actions. The more I practice and connect with my inner-self, the more I recognize how everything is an extension of my experience—home, health, relationships, career, finances, dreams. Everything is connected. So for me, it's a matter of recognizing my patterns and shifting them. The Yamas and Niyamas are foundation #1. You can have the most amazing standing bow and eat all the kale, but if you're not kind to others, you're missing something. And that something is reflection of our own fears (aka absence of love). Once we start to really confront ourselves and our patterns (of harming, dishonesty, excess, attachment, non-contentment, fill in your Yama/Niyama blank____), we begin to remove the blocks to energy/love/divinity, and the rest of the limbs fall into place. It’s a constant remembering that my home, family, career, everything else in life, has to come from this place of awareness.


9. Why is being present so important to you

They say time is an illusion and the present is all there is. That's tough to wrap my head around. What I do know, is that it's only when I'm fully present that I feel a deep sense of connection. When I'm not worried about the future or analyzing the past, and am just doing my asana, my meditation, or creating, my energy flows. Rather than trying or forcing, I become a channel. Stay receptive, as Dharma says. That's only possible in the present. 


10. How can we keep up with you on social media? What is your IG handle and/ FB name?

Find me @heyananday!


‘Everything eventually works out as its meant to, the lessons are in how you handle yourself between the gaps.’

Debbie Lash is a yoga teacher and health coach based in Los Angeles, California.

Debbie Lash is a yoga teacher and health coach based in Los Angeles, California.

1. What style of yoga do you teach?

With my clients I teach a collaboration of Vinyasa Flow and Restoration depending on what is needed on the day. My public offerings are various levels of Vinyasa Flow, with some classes in a heated environment. I’m passionate about music so my playlists are super important to setting the tone plus I weave in essential oils for a sensory experience


2. What is your intention behind teaching?

I have many intentions behind my teaching, and they change daily.  But what's important to me is guiding people to connect to their breath by consciously breathing into the whole body, and then once the breath is established, and becomes the voice of their practice, then they're able to cultivate windows of stillness in the mind.


3. Who are your mentors in yoga? 

I did my 500 YogaWorks TT with Carolina Goldberg, this woman changed my life.  Other teachers who inspire me are Joe Kara, Andrea Marcum, David Lynch, Danielle Karuna (to name a few)!  Living in LA is a blessing as I am surrounded by many of the most inspiring yoga teachers in the world - it’s a life long journey with so much to learn.


4. What have they taught you? 

The best advice I was ever given was “just get out there and teach and the rest will fall into place”.  

Other great advice:

 - teach what you practice (meaning don’t teach poses that you are not practicing yourself). 

- be authentic.

- keep showing up & doing the work.

- practice where you want to teach, get to know your community.



5. Please mention a book that you have read about yoga that has had a positive impact on you? 

Close to OM - Stretching your yoga from your mat to your life   By Andrea Marcum 

Autobiography of a Yogi - Paramahansa Yogananda

Wherever you go there you are By Jon Kabat-Zinn


6. What lesson are you currently learning in your Asana practice? 

Patience is everything.
Everything eventually works out as its meant to, the lessons are in how you handle yourself between the gaps.Keep showing up, doing the work and the body, mind and soul will unfold and transform.How you do your yoga on the mat is how you live your life off the mat.


7. How often do you practice? 

In an ideal world I practice daily but then sometimes lifes gets in the way and thats ok. 


8. How do you implement the other 7 limbs of yoga into your life other than Asana? 

Dharana and Dhyana go together like salt and pepper - Daily meditation - even if its 10 mins or Savasana (it all counts).

Pranayama - I teach this with every client and at the start of every single class - the breath is everything.

Pratyahara mainly comes in when I practice yoga - withdrawing from the senses - balancing poses especially facilitate this for me

Yamas - Is a life practice of not wasting peoples time by being punctual, I don’t steal, I speak my truth, I try hard to not get attached to things or outcomes

Niymamas - I’m studying with IIN to be a health coach, self displine and mindfulness is essential. Mental discomfort of what people think of me is a daily check-in and one i’m constantly working on. I’m all about surrendering to the ethos that everything works out as it meant to, I’ve really learnt to trust the process.



9. Why is being present so important to you? 

I used to be so focused on things in the future, whether it be a day, a week, a month or even a year ahead that I totally missed out on what was happening in the right now.  My whole life is now geared to living in the moment, seeing and surrounding myself with like minded people. Listening and looking people in the eyes, saying hi when normally I would keep my head down, giving a compliment when normally I would think it but not say it - that to me is living in the now.


10. How can we keep up with you on social media? What is your IG handle and/ FB name?

Instagram - debbielashyoga

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/debbie.lash.9

Allowing yourself to learn from both people and experience is a great way to stay humble and leaves room for growth.

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Kendra Jean Osborne is a yoga teacher and musician based in Los Angeles.

1. What style of yoga do you teach?

I teach both traditional and contemporary styles of yoga. My first 200hr training was in a traditional based-style, Hot Power Fusion which is similar to Bikrim/26+2. Since my first training I’ve expanded my practice to Vinyasa/Power Yoga now, too.


2. What is your intention behind teaching?

Yoga has always been an outlet for me to explore my inner self and to acknowledge where I can improve in my daily life. When I made the decision to start teaching it was with the intention of bringing a sense of self-understanding and love to those who may need a little extra encouragement, both physically and mentally. Eventually, it grew into a deeply spiritual practice and has fostered some of my strongest relationships. 


3. Who are your mentors in yoga? 

One of my mentors Laura Rebecca is a long time Yogi with many trainings under her belt. What inspired me the most about her practice was the story behind it. After years of practicing martial arts, she developed an injury that forever changed her relationship to her passion and (most importantly) the way she used her body. When I was lucky enough to train under her, she really emphasized the importance of acknowledging that yoga is a great way to rehabilitate the body of injury as well as heal mental and emotional damages from the experience of loss or change. It really opened my eyes to the importance of accessibility and the need to be attentive to the finer details of each student you encounter.


4. What have they taught you? 

Many of my mentors have really helped me gain more confidence in my ability to lead others. I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that you can be a student and a teacher at the same time. Allowing yourself to learn from both people and experience is a great way to stay humble and leaves room for growth.


5. Please mention a book that you have read about yoga that has had a positive impact on you? 

One of my favorite books is “The Science of Self Realization.” It is an interview style read that breaks down the importance of Christ Consciousness in regard to yoga. It puts the teaching of the 8 Limb-Path and Bhagavad Gita in context and in a way that is easy to understand. It has had a huge influence on not just my practice, but my relationship to the creator. 


6. What lesson are you currently learning in your Asana practice? 

I’ve been lucky enough to experience pregnancy and childbirth through the lens of yoga. Since giving birth, even being almost a year postpartum, I’ve really had to humble myself to the changes my body is constantly going through. Sometimes we have to go back to square one and re-learn the things that we used to excel at. I’m learning that it’s okay to be tired and frustrated at my body. I’ve learned to approach my practice with more care towards myself and the slower I move the more I learn.


7. How often do you practice

I currently practice every other day at home and about 2-3 times a week in studio. I try to make as much time for my asana practice as possible. I teach 3 times a week in studio and you can find me on the schedule at Hot8Yoga Koreatown.


8. How do you implement the other 7 limbs of yoga into your life other than Asana?

 To maintain a healthy Asana I devote a lot of my time to meditation and prayer. A devotion to a higher power is what drives my asana practice. It is what motivates me to wake up and find a deeper sense of purpose in my day to day life. Without that devotion I find myself stuck in an ego driven cycle that glorifies self rather than the creator which I find can be an unhealthy and sometimes selfish way to live. When we look to something higher we can find a stronger connection the environment around us and a sense of selflessness that in turn provides something of substance to each person you encounter.


9. Why is being present so important to you

Being present is a present. It is a gift that overflows into the hands of everyone around you. When we are present we are committing  ourselves to being attentive to others. It is also a great way to feel more connected to the experience of life. I try my best to stay present through all experiences, good and bad. This helps me learn new ways to cope with compromising situations. Each day I become more present and I am able to cultivate more gratitude for all the lessons I am learning. 


10. How can we keep up with you on social media? What is your IG handle and/ FB name?


You can follow me on Instagram @officialkendrajean

‘Trust the process.’

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Diana Athena is a yoga teacher based in New York City.

1. What style of yoga do you teach?

I am a certified Vinyasa and Traditional Hot (26+2) Yoga Teacher.


2. What is your intention behind teaching?

My number one intention is to share the gift of yoga, to help people feel good in their body. To share my knowledge and to inspire my students to be their own best teacher.


3. Who are your mentors in yoga?

I have started my yoga journey with Sam Chase and Nikki Carter and am currently studying with Jared McCann.


4. What have they taught you?
It would be hard to describe what they have taught me in just a few sentences. But the most important thing for me was to learn to trust. Trust the process. Trust myself. Trust my universe.


5. Please mention a book that you have read about yoga that has had a positive impact on you?

“Freedom & Resolve: The Living Edge of Surrender” by Gangaji


6. What lesson are you currently learning in your Asana practice?

My body is capable of way more than I ever gave it credit for, and most “STOP” signs are in my head, not my body.


7. How often do you practice?

At least 3 times a week, not counting going upside down whenever I have a break or a few minutes to play :)  


8. How do you implement the other 7 limbs of yoga into your life other than Asana?

Pranayama and meditation are a huge part of my yoga routine, as well as plant-based diet.


9. Why is being present so important to you?

Living in the future creates a lot of fear and anxiety. Living in past is based on attachment. Being present and fully aware is the only way to see the clear picture and to experience things for what they are. None of us truly knows what is going to happen tomorrow, may as well use today’s fullest potential.



10. How can we keep up with you on social media? What is your IG handle and/ FB name?

Follow my journey on Instagram or FB @DianaAthenaYoga.



‘There is always more to learn.’

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Lara Saget is a yoga teacher based out of New York City.

1. What style of yoga do you teach?

Power vinyasa, traditional hot, restorative, and yin

2. What is your intention behind teaching?

To encourage clarity, mindfulness, and expand awareness

3. Who are your mentors in yoga? 

All of my teachers, including Amy Matthews and Melissa French. 

4. What have they taught you? 

That there is always more to learn.

5. Please mention a book that you have read about yoga that has had a positive impact on you? 

Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews 

6. What lesson are you currently learning in your Asana practice? 

I am learning that plugging the feet into the ground changes the entire body. 

7. How often do you practice? 

Daily

8. How do you implement the other 7 limbs of yoga into your life other than Asana? 

I am mindful of the way I move through the world and work towards practicing kindness, patience, and gratitude in everything I do. 

9. Why is being present so important to you? 

Each moment is the only moment that we have. 

10. How can we keep up with you on social media? What is your IG handle and/ FB name?

@larasaget 

‘I am learning that movement is medicine.’

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Stephanie Acosta is a yoga teacher based in New York City. 

 

1. What style of yoga do you teach?

I teach Vinyasa, Hot Traditional, Buti Yoga, Yin & Kids Yoga


2. What is your intention behind teaching?

 I really just like to get people out of their heads and more into their bodies. Get them to feel more comfortable with themselves.


3. Who are your mentors in yoga?

Alena Wertalik, Phil Lanzetta, Nikki Carter, Jacob Lacopo, Audrey Lane


4. What have they taught you?

Collectively they have taught me so much about myself. I was not comfortable with my body before becoming a yoga teacher but they have taught me compassion. They’ve taught me so much about body awareness and taught me how to love myself. They all saw something in me before I saw it, like they knew something was in me and waiting to come out. It’s so much more than the asana practice because they are incredibly knowledgeable and I have learned so much from them. 


5. Please mention a book that you have read about yoga that has had a positive impact on you? 

Yoga bug and Good Night Yoga are kids books that I bought for my daughter when she was a year old. I was mesmerized at how much she loved them. She’s 4 years old now and loves Yoga. She has a library full of Yoga books that keep her busy. I love that she’s started yoga at an early age its something I wish i would have had the opportunity to do.


6. What lesson are you currently learning in your Asana practice?

I am learning that Movement is Medicine. That moving your body is so powerful. Especially with practicing Buti Yoga, where we are constantly moving and really don’t have time to second guess it. Focusing on what it feels like rather than what it looks like.


7. How often do you practice?

Everyday for the most part, on and off my mat. 


8. How do you implement the other 7 limbs of yoga into your life other than Asana?

I start with being kind with how I talk to myself. Also being mindful of my speech: the opposite of stealing is giving so I try and give as much as I can, whether it be my time, listening with intent and just not expecting something back in return. Treating myself and others with respect & dignity.


9. Why is being present so important to you?

Because it keeps me focused on the now. We can’t do anything about the past but staying present can help me direct the future.


10. How can we keep up with you on social media? What is your IG handle and/ FB name?

You find me on IG: @StephanieAcostaYoga

FB: Stephanie Acosta Yoga

 

‘Through the practice of Yoga on the mat, I have connected and aligned my mind, body and heart to the source.’

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Ryan Nance is a Yoga practitioner based in Los Angeles, California.

 

 1. What was your first yoga experience?

My very first experience of yoga was when I was writing a travel story about a resort in Boca Raton, Florida about 12 or 15 years ago, and it was part of the outline my editor had developed for the story. It was outside, on a deck over the water. I don't remember much about it, but feeling awkward in downward dog.


2. What led to you continuing your practice?

A few years later, during a pretty substantial life change, I found Bikram yoga through a friend in Sarasota Florida and started going more regularly, like 2 times a week. I was playing a lot of pickup soccer at the time and the two exercises supported me well.


3. How long have you been practicing yoga? Asana and the other limbs of yoga.

Until this last year, I really only practiced Asana. I then began first brining pranayama into my practice. I had been a smoker for a long time, until about 10 years ago, and found deep breath a challenge, and I very much needed to work on deepening my breathing so that I could manage my stress levels better.


4. How do you incorporate yoga into your life?

Pranayama led very organically into focused attention, Dharana,  and to meditation, Dhyana. As my practice has intensified I found the Yama and Niyama as resonant as I struggled to understand who I was underneath all the other things, particularly Satya (truthfulness), Saucha (cleanliness), and Samtosa (contentment). Just as I need to be truthful with myself when I am in an asana, so I want to be truthful in my actions and words off the mat.


I practice Asana everyday, even if briefly, like if I am traveling or busy. I begin each practice with a period of breathing and contemplation, sometimes turning into a meditation.


5. What’s the biggest change that you have noticed in your life?

The biggest change that this practice has brought to my life is in bringing coherence to my mind and emotions. While there are very obvious changes in my body, fitness and weight, it is the focused, clear and honest energy that I cultivate that has had the greatest impact and benefit to my wellbeing.


6. How do you make time to practice?

As I started to want to make my practice a more regular part of my life, the first thing I did was wake up an hour earlier so I could always count on getting my morning practice in. For the evening classes, it is a bit more challenging, but between protecting the time from other commitments for an evening class, or carving out time from the end of my work day, I have consistently been able to get to both a morning and evening class, nearly every day, since the beginning of the year.


7. What does yoga mean to you, off of your mat?

Through the practice of Yoga on the mat, I have connected and aligned my mind, body and heart to the source. I had struggled with strong emotions, often at war with one another, for most of my life. And through yoga, I have found that my emotions, and the experience of my mind, is even more vibrant and beautiful when they are coherent, aligned and honest. Off the mat, I have found deep stores of compassion for myself and for others as they struggle with their own misalignment. I have found great internal energy in connecting with other people, now clearly asking only to behold them in their own energy. 


8. Do you see yourself practicing in the next ten or more years?

Very much so. I have been envisioning how I will be able to continue to practice all the way through the ages in front of me. I have shed a lot of the burden I had been accumulating as I got older, and can imagine how with this practice of energy hygiene I can keep myself light and clean, aging gracefully, gratefully and with intent.