What’s your favorite part of your work?
The sense of fulfillment that comes from being of help to others; from a cancer patient, now in remission, who informs me that she would have never made it through without the breathing I taught her; from the warm gaze of an elderly student, overjoyed that he is now able to get down on the floor to play with his grandchild; from sentiments of friendship, expressed with a sincere; “Thank You.”
What’s your least favorite part of your work?
Money. I got into yoga because it was counter culture. As time has gone on, things have changed and business has become a necessary part of the job.
What still excites you and keeps you engaged with teaching yoga?
My teaching is an extension of my practice. My practice enhances my experience and participation in the wonder of my existence. I find nothing more exciting than sharing in this process with others.
If you didn’t teach yoga, what else would you do?
Write, podcast, maybe web design.
What are you excited about learning next?
I am taking Amy Matthew’s Embodied Anatomy Course this fall. I’m excited to get out of my comfort zone and explore a new somatic space.
What’s your finest advice for a newer teacher?
Develop a simple set of tools that consistently works for you on a personal level and teach that. Cultivate sensitivity and adaptability. Invite dialogue and be responsive. And, most importantly, embrace the humble confidence of knowing what you know and what you don’t know.
Evolutionary biology or god(s)?
Both. I make no distinction between the two.