What type of yoga do you like to practice?
Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?
What do you like the most about practicing there?
The students, the instructors, the space. You can feel the good vibes when you walk in the door. The space feels welcoming, everyone is friendly. We are like family.
How do you practice yoga off the mat?
It’s usually with the reverse camera on my iPhone on video mode, lol. I practice yoga off the mat on the daily, I work in the medical field and patients can be- not very patient. They should be called ‘impatient’-just saying.
However, because I practice yoga I have learned to be mindful and compassionate. I learned to flip the negative to a positive and it works most of the time. I practice the mantra “think kind thoughts of yourself, and of others. Speak kind words of yourself and to others & have kind actions towards yourself and onto others”.
The world ends tomorrow. What would you indulge in tonight?
I don’t spend enough time with my extended family (aunts, uncles, cousins) as I should. I think if the world ended tomorrow I would have a family reunion and spend my last night with them, reminicing on old times, sharing good laughs, tears and love.
What was your first experience with yoga?
Definitely NOT what I was expecting. Previously to trying yoga for the first time I was an avid gym goer. I was always at the gym 2-3 hours a day, sometimes. I enjoyed lifting weights, doing cycle classes, turbo kick, HIIT. I did it all! When I went to my first yoga class, I was so shocked that I couldn’t touch my toes, I couldn’t lower and hold my body weight in what is called a chaturanga, without flaring my elbows. I most definitely could not sit my hips to my heels in a “resting pose” called child’s pose. I believe I got a 10 day pass- I only went 2-3 times then I came to the conclusion that yoga was not for me. I went back to the gym, back to my comfort zone. Back to where I was great at everything I signed up to do. Fast forward a year later I went back to this yoga studio and I fell in love with Yoga! I couldn’t stop, I learned so much about myself. I even learned- that looking back to when I first went to yoga, my ego was the one that stopped me from wanting to return. My ego didn’t like the feeling of not being good at yoga. It was difficult to see how everyone else around me moved majestically on their yoga mats and I couldn’t even touch my toes. I have now been practicing yoga for 3 years, going on 4 in October and I love it. I am a yoga instructor, but most importantly I will forever be a yoga student.
What is your favorite food?
Jackfruit Birria Tamales & Hibiscus Tacos & COFFEE!!!
Imagine you’re on the cover of Yoga Journal. What pose would you strike?
Kasyapasana Lotus plank! this pose is so awsome! I think it’s my favorite pose.
If you could practice yoga anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Oh man, the Himalayas in India.
What would you say to someone who is on the fence about practicing yoga?
I would ask them what is it exactly that is stopping you? Most people respond that they don’t do yoga because they are not flexible. If this is your reason: You are not going to gain flexibility by not coming to yoga. Did you know that you stop aging when you start yoga? It’s true. You gain mobility in muscles, tendons, ligaments that we usually don’t move. You gain strength, balance and you so much about your self. What do you have to lose? If money is an issue Kula Yoga has a great deal for new students: 2 weeks of yoga for $20.00. If you walk by the yoga studio and grab a flyer you get $5.00 off making that 2 weeks of yoga for $15.00. It cant get any better than that! oh wait yes it can; Yogi-Tones & I teach there.
What music are you jamming to right now?
Ituana– You Can’t Always Get What You Want
Anything else you would like to add?
I currently teach at Kula Yoga on Wednesday #PauHour at 7:00pm.
Yoga is not a competition otherwise, we would be in the Olympics.
Yoga is a self practice, practice not perfect!