The funny thing about my practice is that it's filled with a lot of conflict. Wanting the alignment to be just so while trying to let go of my perfectionistic mindset. That continuous battle between the two in order to find the balance is what inspires me to get back on my mat. Knowing that this is not a unique struggle to me alone and being able to share how I am able to find that balance through the teachings I have studied is what inspires me to teach.
Tell us a little about your yoga journey and how this influences what you bring across in your teaching?
I, like a lot a people, began taking yoga at my local gym. The teacher was very skilled at creating an environment that was accepting and fun which made the practice feel accessible. The more classes I took, the more my interest was peaked to learn more. My growing curiosity brought me into a yoga studio and eventually to my first teacher training. A few things I've learned along the way and what continue to influence my teaching are: not to take yoga so seriously, not to take yourself so seriously and how when both of these things happen together the practice feels effortless and the true essence of what we are meant to learn from being on the mat is felt from deep within.
What is your favorite activity outside of yoga and how does yoga help this activity?
I've recently started riding a bicycle again. I'd forgotten how freeing it feels to glide along the road but like any activity it also comes with new moments of challenge, like how am I ever going to get up the steep hill? I've been able to use the power of yoga the tell myself to breath, stay calm, use the skills I've learned to try, also, to use the support and guidance of those helping me to pedal on. Yoga, if you let it, can really be a source of openness that does reach way beyond the mat.
What makes teaching at Kaia yoga a unique experience?
Teaching at Kaia has been a unique experience to me because was introduced to Gina and Stan through the previous owners. Over the years I've been teaching for them, I have been able to watch how they have grown the studio and community in such way that as students take the different classes available they have also gotten to know each other. That community is one of the main teaching I've always migrated back to "we are all in this together" and the connection to like minded people is essential for the spirit to feel fulfilled.