What type of yoga do you teach?
Do you teach at a studio?
Not currently because I am in the process of opening a studio!
What is the studio called?
The Happie House!
Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?
Right now, I love practicing at home.
What do you like the most about practicing there?
I have big windows that let me feel like I’m in the trees. I feel as though I can also move deeper into my practice when I’m left to explore my strengths and weaknesses on my own.
How do you practice yoga off the mat?
I try to have a smile and/or a kind greeting for everyone I meet. I think yoga makes us more aware of the world around us and the other beings that surround us. We don’t know each other on a surface level, but we are all connected, and so I try to keep in mind that everyone has their own story and is going through different things. You never know how much one smile or one kind “hello” can mean to a stranger.
What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?
I started doing private chair yoga sessions with an elderly woman who was 94. I was so nervous that one wrong move or adjustment would cause permanent damage, but she was great. She was mostly sedentary, so she always told me she enjoyed our lessons because she felt open and more limber afterwards.
Imagine you’re on the cover of Yoga Journal. What pose would you strike?
Natarajasana- Lord of the Dance Pose!
What inspires you to teach yoga?
I’m driven by the world’s desperate need for a kind, peaceful community. There is a lot of hate in the world, but there is also a lot of love, and I think as teachers, it’s part of our responsibility to cultivate environments that reflect that. Everyone in the world deserves kindness and respect.
If you could teach yoga anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I could be happy teaching anywhere!
What has been your most embarrassing yoga moment as a teacher or practitioner?
I was demonstrating a pose once, and my pants ripped! I had to finish out the class with a huge split down the center of my pants lol.
What would you say to someone who is on the fence about practicing yoga?
I try to remind everyone that there is no such thing as being “good” at yoga. The whole point of going to a class is to improve our health, musculature, and state of mind. Wherever you are right now is not good, it’s GREAT.
What music are you jamming to right now?
My favorite bands are 311 and Slightly Stoopid– I am always jamming to them!
What has been the most rewarding thing about being a teaching yoga?
I love when my students tell me after class that they felt so zen, centered, and relaxed. That is my only goal as a teacher, to help my students realize that turning off the noise from their daily lives is not only important, but it is necessary for their wellbeing.
Where else can we find you?
Anything else you could add about yoga?
I think a lot of people are intimidated by yoga, especially because it seems to be a tight-knit, closed-off community accessible to the few who can balance on one finger or stand on their head. While I have respect for the traditional aspects of yoga, it’s become my mission to expand yoga’s meaning into one that goes far beyond that. I think it needs to be shown that you can still be who you are and be a fantastic yogi, even if you don’t necessarily “follow all the rules” or turn into a flexi-straw.