What do you enjoy about teaching yoga?
I have been given so much from my practice I simply cannot contain it. It is my joy and honor to witness that gleam of contemplation, that spark of realization in their eyes. Like butter on warm toast! Scrumptious. To me, teaching is another stage in learning and I am grateful to be a forever-student.
What is the funniest thing you've ever said while teaching or practicing?
Eagle pose: “Imagine your wearing really tight whitey-tighties and they are squeezing and compressing all up in your thigh creases!” then I said “Imagine you have a big walnut in-between your thighbones and your gonna crack it!”. The gentlemen in my class teased me forever after that.
If you had a superpower what would it be?
I would love to fly like superman! But it must include breathing underwater and in outer space.
What First Drew You to Yoga and Why?
I first heard about the potential for healing through hot yoga back in college but never had the drive to give it a try. After a knee injury in my mid-20's hit me harder than I would have liked, I decided I had nothing to lose. The yoga healed my knee and then some. And it quickly transformed from simply a way to heal an acute injury to something that permeated and nourished my entire being.
What Do You Find Most Satisfying About Teaching?
Teaching provides challenges that excite and inspire me on a daily basis. I see teaching as an extension of my own practice and personal growth. But teaching also asks me to look outside of myself and practice holding space for others. Being a witness in that way is both humbling and satisfying, and for that I am truly grateful.
Favorite Class to Practice Right Now:
Core26 is where I got my start. And although it has been over a decade since I took my first Core26 class, it remains the ultimate class for me. I absolutely love the Ashtanga primary series and I'll never shy away from the ever-changing flow of a vinyasa class. But good, old-fashioned, 90-minute, Core26 is the class I can always count on to ground me, challenge me, and wake me up. There's no hiding in there -- and that really speaks to me.
Silliest thing you've said whilst teaching:
I definitely have never ever told students to bring their nipples to their chins. Never.