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