What type of yoga do you teach?
Do you teach at a studio?
Rockfit Fitness Center in Rockford, MI ( and sub at other locations)
Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?
On my yoga mat 😉
What do you like the most about practicing there?
The act of stepping onto my mat is an act of reverence for me. Whether I can practice for 3 minutes or 90, taking a seat on my mat changes my energy. Calms me, centers me.
How do you practice yoga off the mat?
The first time I was introduced to the yamas and niyamas, I was smitten. This set of “rules” that can be applied broad or narrow to any given situation. I loved them more than I loved the asana. (And I really love the asana).
Meditation. It’s my force shield. I am still working on having a daily practice. I see immediate results in all aspects of my life when I practice. Yet somehow this has been the most difficult for me to instill and maintain as a daily ritual.
The world ends tomorrow. What would you indulge in tonight?
All the things. Doritos, cheese, cheesecake, pizza, milkshakes. Or maybe a green smoothie. It could really be anything that sounds good that day.
What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?
A friend I met at my TT studio offered space at her studio and arranged for some of her students to attend class with me so I could finish my practicums for certification. I had taught demos before and even a few classes, but this was the first time non-friends rolled out their mat and looked to me for guidance.
Imagine you’re on the cover of Yoga Journal. What pose would you strike?
I looked up a history of covers and the ones that spoke to me the most were the peaceful ones – sukasana, virasana. meditative.
What inspires you to teach yoga?
The memory of how I felt the first time I stepped on the mat inspires me to hopefully give that gift to others.
I was blessed to have my first teacher be an absolutely amazing teacher. Her patience and grace was exactly what I needed at the time. I truly believe that very few other teachers would have connected me with yoga the way she did.
If you could teach yoga anywhere in the world, where would it be?
A cozy quaint little studio with a tight knit kula. I love the sound when the community has practiced together enough times that their breath becomes one as they move in unison. Or maybe some tropical island somewhere warm 😉
What has been your most embarrassing yoga moment as a teacher or practitioner?
As a teacher? The dreaded forgotten second side. I think we’ve all been there?
As a practitioner, when a teacher hollered at me from across the room in a studio with very defined cliques…. everyone turned and stared. Her behavior was unprofessional and rude. But it was also a great lesson.
What would you say to someone who is on the fence about practicing yoga?
I usually ask them why they haven’t tried a class yet. When I know what their hesitation is, I can help remove that obstacle
What music are you jamming to right now?
Deva Premal. Cheesy, I know. Danielle LaPorte recommended all things Deva a few years ago and I got hooked. Imagine Dragons, my kiddo recently discovered them so of course we jam them all the time now. Johnny Cash. My hubby’s favorite. And at the time I write this, it’s Christmas so we are jamming all the bouncy Christmas sounds.
What has been the most rewarding thing about being a teaching yoga?
Seeing the person who was new to yoga when they walked into the class leave with a big smile and knowing that they will be back on the mat soon.
Where else can we find you?
Just yoga: @driftseedyoga on Facebook and Instagram (website coming soon)
Just me: @driftseed on Instagram and Twitter
Everything else ~ MosaicStarfish.com – More content coming in 2018 about all things.
Starfishwarriors.wordpress.com – Where I talk about food, fitness, and life with Hashimoto’s (an autoimmune of the thyroid)
I’m on Google+ and a few other places, as well but I don’t regularly update them.