Heather Altenberg: Teacher Feature

HeatherHow did you find your way to yoga?
I found my way to yoga through a friend who casually suggested going to a small studio in the center of Cape Elizabeth that no longer exists.  The teacher for that class became a co-worker of mine at Waynflete School, a dear friend, and my primary teacher until she moved to New Hampshire.  She was a tremendous influence and I eventually did my teacher training with her assisting the training.
What is your practice like off the mat?  How do you live your yoga?
I have three children, ages 12, 10 and 8, and they are an enormous focus of my practice off the mat.  The yoga practice has taught me so much about how to live a life of meaning and connection.  It has helped bring clarity and understanding into the ways of the inner psyche.  I hope to teach and guide my children with what I have learned as well as use the practices myself while raising them.  I try to live my yoga moment to moment with my interactions with not only my children, but everyone I encounter, using each situation as an opportunity to grow, expand and remember my role in this world.
  
What is your favorite thing about the Lila yoga community?
I love the Lila community!  Everyone is so encouraging, supportive and loving.  There is a deep care, respect and enjoyment for one another.  It is like going home again to a very special place with people who are living a similar path.  There is an understanding, a comfort and a such a strong sense of belonging.
Which pose is your “asana nemesis,”  the one that you loathe, but should probably be doing more?
I would have to say virabadrasa I.  Keeping the back heel down, turning the hips and  sitting deep into the front leg to bend the knee is a lot of work for me and I often avoid it by doing a high lunge with the back heel up instead.  I should be placing it in my practice a lot more!
What is your practice like off the mat?  How do you live your yoga?
I have three children, ages 12, 10 and 8, and they are an enormous focus of my practice off the mat.  The yoga practice has taught me so much about how to live a life of meaning and connection.  It has helped bring clarity and understanding into the ways of the inner psyche.  I hope to teach and guide my children with what I have learned as well as use the practices myself while raising them.  I try to live my yoga moment to moment with my interactions with not only my children, but everyone I encounter, using each situation as an opportunity to grow, expand and remember my role in this world.
What is your favorite thing about the Lila yoga community?
I love the Lila community!  Everyone is so encouraging, supportive and loving.  There is a deep care, respect and enjoyment for one another.  It is like going home again to a very special place with people who are living a similar path.  There is an understanding, a comfort and a such a strong sense of belonging.
Which pose is your “asana nemesis,”  the one that you loathe, but should probably be doing more?
I would have to say virabadrasa I.  Keeping the back heel down, turning the hips and  sitting deep into the front leg to bend the knee is a lot of work for me and I often avoid it by doing a high lunge with the back heel up instead.  I should be placing it in my practice a lot more!
2017-09-17T18:05:21+00:00 November 3rd, 2014|#LiveLila Reflections|0 Comments

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