How did yoga become part of your life? What led you to a devoted yoga practice?
My mother introduced me to all of the things that are important to me now, like dance, art, music and yoga. We used to do yoga together when I was little, and then I got more into it in high school and college. When I started teaching belly dance at Day Yoga Studio, I was able to take class more regularly and go much deeper into my practice. I found that it helped me feel so
much better physically and emotionally.
What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about yoga?
That you have to be flexible to do it, or that it is a big flexibility competition! It can certainly help you become more flexible, but you have to start somewhere. Plus, there are many other benefits to having a regular practice. Yoga is not competitive and you find the practice and level that is best for you and your pace.
Name 3 non-negotiables in your life.
1. Breakfast!!! I have to have breakfast to get my day jump started or it's a no go. I'm a dedicated vegetarian and food choice fuels my lifestyle. 2. Practice. I practice dance and yoga every day, even if it is simply a restorative 5 or 10 minutes that I set aside for myself. 3. Reflection-I need to take a little time each day to look at everything, so maybe that means journaling and writing, or walking with my dog. It helps me think things through and work out all the craziness of life in my head!
What is the pose that challenges you most? Why do you think it challenges you?
Triangle. It is not that difficult of a pose for many, but I always struggle with remembering to stay open in my shoulders and chest. There is a lot more going on there than you think!
If you had to pick one mantra to share with your students, what would it be?
So Hum/I am that. Or a variation of this-I am enough. You don't have to look outside of yourself or compare yourself to someone else. You are that and you are enough!
️Bronwen teaches Aroma Yoga Flow on Brown Street at 6pm Wednesdays and in Vandalia at 6:15pm on Sundays. She also teaches Belly Dance at 7:30pm on Wednesdays at Brown St., and has an upcoming Hafla and Belly Dance Drum Solo Workshop coming up on Brown St. on Sat., March 18.