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1. What led you to become a yoga instructor?
My journey has been two part – the first was finding yoga and second, in realizing my love for teaching. Growing up I was exposed to yogic concepts by way of Indian culture, but I never truly connected with it. It wasn’t until certain life events, which left me feeling mentally & emotionally drained, that I really embraced the yogic teachings. In truth, I began practicing yoga because it provided a path to emotional/mental clarity and peace. My desire to teach was inspired by the strong student-teacher relationships in my own life – via friends/family, both young and old. Their guidance & compassion has been so important in my self-growth and helped me realize the importance of community. It’s for those reasons that I became an instructor – to guide/inspire students on their own paths and help create a supportive community of yogis/yoginis.
2. What yoga posture challenges you the most right now?
Right now, it has to be Flying Pigeon for two reasons:
The Physical Challenge: I have naturally tight hips & hamstrings so finding the “lift” in the back leg, while also externally rotating through the bottom leg can be super difficult for me at times.
The Mental Challenge: This has to be the most challenging part of the pose. Finding a balance between Sukha (intrinsic ease/bliss) & Sthira (calm, steadfastness) is always a journey for me in this posture.
3. What is your favorite thing about teaching?
Honestly, that it reminds me to always be a student first. It’s a very humbling realization – to know that the “journey” of self-discovery/exploration never ends.
4. Where would you like to travel, and why?
Patagonia, without a doubt! It would be so amazing to explore the coast, glaciers, and forests/wildlife in that area. I’m a HUGE nature buff and love outdoor activities/adventures in general. My day-to-day life is very much “on the go” & super busy, so to be immersed in nature is such a beautiful and joyous experience for me.
5. Outside of teaching, what do you like to do for fun?
I’m a huge foodie, so I love to explore new restaurants/cuisines with my husband/friends wherever I am. If I’m not eating out, then you’ll probably find me trying out new recipes in the kitchen.
6. What is one thing about you that most people don’t know?
I can be super lazy . . .like seriously lazy! Since I’m usually traveling for work I definitely take advantage of moments where I can do absolutely nothing.