My favorite part of my work by far is the community we’ve created at our studio, with students integrating their yoga practice into their lives, using it to support well-being within and without.
The least favorite part of my work, that after long hours of teaching I am wiped out, has become another favorite part which is the development of my home practice, a longevity practice that will support health, aging, a strong nervous system, stamina, stronger bones and hopefully wisdom.
What excites me and keeps me engaged is that the practice itself, both teaching it and doing it, is revelatory; which keeps me and my practice evolving, with new insights and epiphanies emerging out of the work itself. Staying in contact with my own practice, with students, in community, moving, spinning, learning better techniques keeps my imagination fertile, and my capacity for living and loving perpetual, piercing, potentiated, participating, potent.
I can imagine doing any number of things were I not teaching. Teaching is fun and filling, but so is learning to play piano, making films, studying psychoanalysis, learning about other cultures, writing a book; it is not the thing itself but how one engages in creative pursuit. Loving life is the capacity for curiosity and a modicum of talent with more than a pinch of drive. So whether what comes next is writing a book, becoming a grandmother, traveling, teaching more yoga, informing and mentoring more students, its all with a plan of using my personal self more skillfully, refining my own practice, teaching others, and continuing my self exploration in order to evolve both physiologically and psychologically, getting more pleasure and joy out of the ordinary and the awe…. of living.
The advice I have for new teachers is to show up for everything, find a mentor and be an apprentice, lap up everything you do, see as much of life as you can not just yoga, read literature, see movies, listen to all kinds of music, educate yourself, learn a couple of skills along the way with great technique be it tennis, baking, writing, riding a bike, or being a scientist. Do whatever you do fully, imaginatively, with love and gusto.