Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, YogaFaith
Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?
TriBalance Yoga Studio, Schaumburg, IL
How do you practice yoga off the mat?
I use my time on my mat to connect my mind, body and soul and I try to maintain that connection once I step off my mat. I am a homeschool mom of 4 kids so pranayama is key! My daily mantra is Inhale Peace; Exhale Chaos. As a person who for years was disconnected with their body due to trauma, yoga has taught me to trust my body and trust my movements. There is also a spiritual connection I feel during my practice and the connection I feel with God is strengthened once I roll up my mat and go about my day.
The world ends tomorrow. What would you indulge in tonight?
Snuggling on the couch with my husband and 4 kids
What was your first experience with yoga?
My first experience with yoga was 20 years ago in a gym at the YMCA. I remember the feeling of being still was foreign to me. My body wanted to get up and move but my mind knew this is what I needed, so I kept coming back.
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Imagine you’re on the cover of Yoga Journal. What pose would you strike?
If you could practice yoga anywhere in the world, where would it be?
What would you say to someone who is on the fence about practicing yoga?
Lay your ego down and get on a mat. It is time that you will not regret. Don’t worry about what you look like, what you are wearing or if the pose looks like the one you saw on social media. Just connect with your breath and be in the present moment. Give yourself that gift.
Anything else you would like to add?
Several years ago, I had an emotional and spiritual breakthrough on my yoga mat and since then my practice is my therapy and my time of worship, as well as my exercise. To me, yoga is a moving meditation. I also like to share my experience of how yoga helped me process my childhood trauma and is part of my healing journey.
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