When and how did you start practicing yoga? I started yoga in 2011 after sustaining a horrible car accident resulting in a broken femur bone. I initially practiced yoga as a way to rehabilitate myself.
How has it helped you grow as a person? Yoga has changed me from the inside out. Before yoga, I was a completely different person – head strong and determined to climb the corporate ladder no matter what. Since starting yoga in 2011, I have learned that life is not meant to be lived that way. The riches of this world are not in money or a fancy job title, but in my own inner happiness and in the relationships I cultivate with others.
What should students expect from your class? Students should expect that my classes give everyone an opportunity to learn something about themselves. The opportunity for learning can be disguised in many ways. At times, those opportunities may appear to be challenging obstacles, and at other times they may be easeful surrender. It is my job to present the opportunities for the student so they can decide when and how they learn and grow.
Be Yoga has a number of class styles. Which is your favorite, and why? Universal Yoga is my favorite style of yoga. Having practiced many styles of yoga over the years, Universal Yoga is the system of yoga that balances me the most, not just physically, but energetically, emotionally, and spiritually. After completing training with Andrey Lappa, the creator of Universal Yoga, I now have the knowledge of how to incorporate yoga through all aspects of my life. This is why I practice Universal Yoga.
What element of yoga philosophy fascinates you the most? The mayakoshas are fascinating to me. I love studying the mayakoshas and how I influence each kosha through my thoughts and actions. Because there are practices for each kosha, the yoga geek in me views it like a never-ending experiment of how to keep each kosha in balance so that I ultimately may live happily and peacefully.
What do you like to do when you’re not doing Yoga? Yoga is always a part of my life because it has changed how I see things. It permeates through my work, my family, and friends. It is an interesting challenge to me to incorporate yoga in everything I do.