What led you to become a yoga instructor?
My yoga practice became consistent after a hip injury that required me to take around 8 months off of any activity. Yoga is what I credit for healing my body, but what I didn’t anticipate was a flooding of other things in my life that weren’t healed, specifically processing the loss of my mom to breast cancer when I was 15. My desire to share this practice with others was building and I, specifically, wanted to bring it to breast cancer survivors as healing is yearned for both physically and emotionally.
I ultimately was trained in a vinyasa practice and later on studied more specifically for teaching to breast cancer survivors. The limited work that I have done with the population is tremendously rewarding and has once again aided in my own healing.
What yoga posture challenges you the most right now? Ha –quite a few. Folding, twisting, and backbends are my biggest challenges because of a low back injury. After a good 8 months of very sporadic yoga I’m finally starting to bring it back in – slow and steady while exploring my capabilities, is how I roll these days.
What is your favorite thing about teaching?
A little nugget I was taught recently by the collection of yoga teacher trainees is that “when one teaches, two learn”. That is spot on for me. My name may be the one listed on the schedule as the teacher, but everyone that steps on their mat is gifting me the opportunity to learn as well. I also love the connections that are made, whether I’m included in them or not, yoga has a magical way of bringing people together.
Where would you most like to travel, and why? Gosh, I find it rather challenging to name just one place so I’m not even going to try. Here are a few that come to mind:
Italy – Food, wine, beautiful country in culture…why not!
Ireland / Germany – check in with some of my roots
India – connect with yoga roots
Outside of teaching, what do you like to do for fun?
I love exploring new places to eat. I seriously am giddy when I learn of new restaurants and, even better, new markets opening. Sharing food with friends and making new memories is pretty much my all time favorite thing to do. I also love being outside to take in the magic of mother nature. I’m in awe of her beauty and endless style changes.
What is one thing about you that most people don’t know?
I’m an ordained minister – at Nila’s request.
I also am a holistic nutrition health coach so I not only love eating food, I love talking food too!