When and how did you start practicing yoga?
Yoga began for me as a “really great stretch” after weightlifting and spinning, but quickly evolved into a deeper practice that shifted my focus from my physical body to the internal state of my attitudes, my life perspective and my reactions/responses to daily life circumstances. Yoga made my “off-the-mat-life” significantly easier and better.
How has it helped you grow as a person?
For me, the internal development that comes through regular yoga practice has helped me develop a resilience and fortitude that prevents anything/anyone from ruining my internal happiness.
What should students expect from your class?
Students should expect to have a challenging class that is basic, but deliberately made not easy. If easy were effective, the laziest of us would have the most developed yoga practice. My class is designed to provoke reactivity of body, breath and mind because it is in the space after provocation, before solution, that yoga practice resides.
Be Yoga has a number of class styles. Which is your favorite, and why?
Universal Yoga! Because it balances all aspects of the person! Universal Yoga creates balance and develops control on the physical later, the nervous system layer and on all the layers of mind that form the basis for being totally free of the patterns restricting body, breath and/or mind.
What element of yoga philosophy fascinates you the most?
Being a true Yogini my aim is Mysticism, Kundalini, Tumo and Bodhichitta! I am so very blessed to be an initiate of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Vajrayana. Having done Ngondro practices for many years, I am looking forward to the next steps while being closely guided by both my Lama-la (Andrey Lappa) and his Lama-la (Choje Phuntsok).
What do you like to do when you’re not doing Yoga?
I am always doing yoga – it is my life path, and as such, I am always immersed in yoga. Yoga is an active part of my body, my speech, my mind activities, my family life, my travels and my interactions with all beings everywhere.
Yoga Alliance RYT Designation: (RYT 200, ERYT 200 etc.) E-RYT-500, Level Three in Universal Yoga, Level Two in Shiva Nata