How did yoga become part of your life? What led you to a devoted yoga practice?
-Yoga became a serious part of my life by providing a bridge out of grief and loss. My brother died in a car accident in 2007. I was beyond understanding. I wanted to reach to the center of the Earth and pull out its core. Unable to do that, I slept... work, sleep, and repeat. My emotional pain and lack of activity turned into physical pain after about a year, so I decided to try yoga. As I became more and more engaged in the practice, it provided me with the means to grow in all aspects of my life, step by step: physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't found the bridge, then the path, that yoga provides.
What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about yoga?
-There are two big misconceptions that come up often: (1) that yoga is simply about physical postures and (2) that yoga is something you can "be good at." There are eight limbs of yoga, with the asanas being just one of those. Whatever you need in your life, yoga has a means of helping you get there. It becomes what you need. It's a path... a journey, not a destination.
Name 3 non-negotiables in your life.
-Breathe. Movement. Purpose.
What is the pose that challenges you most? Why do you think it challenges you?
-Responding to this question took me a minute. When you say challenge I first though "hate" and there are so many that we don't often enjoy! But "challenge" is another thing. So Savasana is my answer. My mind is not easily put to rest.
If you had to pick one mantra to share with your students, what would it be?
-My students often hear me say that there is one rule in class: we aren't allowed to say "I can't." Maybe not today. Maybe not in this life. But we try. We can. Step by step. There are no I cannots.