1. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOGA?
Yoga is life. It encompasses the mind, body, and heart as a unit, revealing a path to unifying balance and knowledge.
2. HOW DID YOU FIND YOUR WAY TO YOGA?
I was first introduced in college. Dabbling on and off throughout the years on my own and with audio/video routines, I began going to classes five years ago through the Portland Recreation Center with Brett Russman. This experience clicked, and I desired more. Brett recommended Lila. Just to be sure, I visited two other studios to be sure, but when I came to Lila, I knew immediately a home had been found. Skye instructed my first class. Since then, I’ve attended most Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday classes and have had the good fortune to be led by Jen, Taylor, David, Sarah, and Skye. They are excellent instructors and wonderful people. I hope to meet all the instructors over time.
3. WHAT ARE THE WAYS YOUR ASANA PRACTICE SERVES YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE, YOUR FAMILY, YOUR WORK, YOUR COMMUNITY?
It is the source of my strength and confidence, the roadway to my lifelong quest to a greater understanding. This affects every facet of my life. I am certainly stronger physically – shoulder and back issues have all but disappeared, and I have been rejuvenated spiritually. This was tested recently upon the untimely and premature death of my younger sister. My Yoga practice was the place I could go to process the accompanying deep grief. It allowed me the needed space to adjust. Some days I practically ran to the mat for solace. The body never lies. The heart knows all. I just had to listen.
4. WHAT DRAWS YOU TO THE LILA COMMUNITY?
The knowledgeable and joyful instructors come first. This is a group of people in touch with a body of knowledge to which I aspire. In addition to progressing down the practice path, I enjoy meeting others who do the same. Then there’s the Lila facility. The wood, brick, and subdued lighting are welcoming. It has become my sanctuary. I never regret the time spent there.
5. WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO KEEP PRACTICING?
Regular practice produces progress. It has become part of who I am, a lifelong pursuit of inner and outer strength and confidence.
6. WHAT WOULD YOUR IDEAL YOGA CLASS LOOK LIKE, FEEL LIKE, AND BE LIKE?
Outside. On a farm. Breezy day. 2 hours long. Chanting, inversions. With grandchildren.