Jamie Worster: Lila Teacher Feature

1. How did you find your way to yoga?
I was living in Colorado when a friend shared that yoga had improved her downhill skiing. I started attending classes at a local recreation center to stretch, strengthen, and build endurance so I could spend more time on the ski mountain. Looking back, I now realize that I had felt the imprint of the yoga postures in my first class on a more subtle level within my body. I can clearly remember the teacher, where I placed my rented mat, and the sense of calm and clarity that I felt after that first class. Only later did I learn language to describe those feelings. I was aware, awake, and present.
It was a few years later, during an emotionally challenging time, that I landed fully on the path of yoga.  I was living on Munjoy Hill and would walk to The Yoga Exchange for classes. On my walks home I felt so much better—and not just in my body. Soon, I realized it wasn’t just these moments after class. I noticed that most of the time I was feeling less anxiety, I was more relaxed and calm. I felt happier. I knew that it was the yoga.
2. What is your practice like off the mat? How do you live your yoga?

Yoga has helped me bring deep intention and awareness to the daily tasks of my life. I’ve been able to bring a sense of reverence to these seemingly simple things—eating nutrient-dense foods, getting sufficient rest, meditating, daily self massage, and breath-body practices.  These rituals all enhance how I am able to show up on the mat and how I am able to show up in life and be of service to others.

On or off the mat, yoga is about my attitude. (I believe it’s the only thing in life I have control over.) It’s this attitude that guides how I show up in life with presence, compassion, softness, and strength. It helps me maintain balance, emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually.

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

Lila is like a second home to me. The vibe is warm, friendly and playful. The physical space at Lila is a beautiful container for our daily practice (Sadhana) and self-study (Svadhyaya). The real power lies in all of Lila’s dedicated students and teachers. It’s this co-creative community that propels all of us on our individual paths collectively. It’s intoxicating when we come together consciously with purpose. Extraordinary transformations can occur, leaving no one unaffected.

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

Warrior II. It is such a humbling pose for me. Ooh-la-la! My hips are usually squawking at me three seconds into it! There is so much going on in the pose for me. It takes courage and focus to deal with life’s challenging moments. Practicing Warrior II helps me to rise up out of my own weakness and to embrace the path of the yogi as a warrior against my own lack of knowledge.

2017-07-27T20:26:27+00:00 June 2nd, 2015|Teacher Feature|0 Comments

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