What’s your favorite part of your work?
- The spaciousness and presence that opens during a class, when everyone there becomes part of an organic ‘we’-space, filled with insight and connected to each other and the spirit of the teachings.
- The teachings themselves, especially the teachings that expand people’s awareness of Shakti, and the non-dual texts of Kashmir Shaivism
- Connecting with the people who are drawn to my classes
- Satsang itself: the depth that is possible when a group of unique beings come together to explore the truth of reality. Whether we are speaking, moving, meditating, when true satsang occurs everyone becomes part of an unfolding experience of self realization. For however long it lasts, we are all drawn into palpable sense of divine presence.
What’s your least favorite part of your work?
What still excites you and keeps you engaged with teaching yoga?
I love the non-dual teachings themselves, and the fact that in order to teach them I have to live them. I love the experience of inspiration that comes when I’m teaching. But mainly its the pull to be of service, and the fact that on good days I feel like a kind of channel for the energy of Goddess.
If you didn’t teach yoga, what else would you do?
What are you excited about learning next?
I’m currently co-teaching a telecourse called The Evolutionary Goddess, and I’m very excited to work with the energies of the ancient western goddesses and how they can show up as presences in today’s world. I’m reading a lot of biology and neuroscience. And I’m always engaged with deepening my experience of the inner bodies through direct exploration–meditation, mantra, dance.
What’s your finest advice for a newer teacher?
Always check your motivation. Make sure that your first commitments are to deepen your wisdom and to serve others. Learn from great teachers, and cultivate your longing to grow. Honor your own gifts and don’t compare yourself to others. Above all, make yourself a vessel through which spirit, Goddess, higher power can move for the benefit of others.
Evolutionary biology or God(s)?