Elizabeth Brazier: Teacher Feature

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How did you find your way to yoga?

I grew up as a swimmer, so I have been working with my breath for a long time.  After college, I volunteered in Costa Rica for a year and taught English.  I started meditating while living abroad.  I remember sitting mountainside counting my breaths. It was gorgeous.  When I returned home, I naturally sought out a yoga studio.  The sense of spaciousness I cultivated through my practice helped me acclimate back into society.  Twelve years later, I still depend on my practice to lead a happy, healthy lifestyle.

What is your practice like off the mat? How do you live your yoga?

My yoga is reflection.  The practice allows me to observe my thoughts and actions so I can lead a meaningful life.  Question 4 really made me think and is an example of how I practice yoga off my mat.

What’s your favorite thing about the Lila yoga community?

The Lila community is like an old friend.  Even though we may not see each other everyday, I feel totally safe when we do.

Which pose is your “asana nemesis,” the one that you loathe, but should probably be doing more?

I tend to avoid backbends.  The effort required to engage my core to avoid low back pain is demanding.  This observation is odd because I feel like I generally enjoy hard work.  It was pretty exciting to find myself in Kapotasana, or King Pigeon recently, so maybe I just enjoy the culmination of hard work rather than the process.  For me, this is a gentle reminder to be more cheerful during stressful times.

 

2017-09-17T18:05:18+00:00 December 1st, 2014|Teacher Feature|0 Comments

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