‘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