I found my way to yoga by a combination of looking for a low stress type of exercise and discovering in the process a powerful support for meditation practice. It was fortunate that my first teacher offered a daily class that included a 15 minute seated meditation. I suppose like many people I initially thought of yoga mostly as the physical asana poses. As I got more involved I learned that asana is only one aspect of yoga. I found that yoga with the deepening awareness of breath, of vitality and attention to the body, of feeling and emotion has many powerful benefits. Removing stubborn obstacles to deeper meditation. I also discovered the therapeutic benefits of asana that reduce stress, can realign and heal the sore joints and muscles that were the reason I sought out a low stress way to exercise in the first place.
2. What is your practice like off the mat? How do you live your yoga?
Yoga helps me in many aspects of my day – taking time to appreciate the moment – each day on this beautiful earth – awareness and space to create options in difficult and challenging situations – this life is full of sweetness and sorrow – yoga supports the courage and heart to live fully.
3. What’s your favorite thing about the Lila yoga community?
My favorite thing is a community of supporting and dedicated people with a sense of lila – play.
4. Which pose is your “asana nemesis,” the one that you loathe, but should probably be doing more?
I am not sure I would say it is a “nemisis” pose but Hanumanasana is very challenging for me – on a few levels – it is physically hard for me. Tight hamstrings and a habitual tendencies make this a difficult pose and over working it (a bit of ego at work here) has caused stressed muscles and the need to take a break – slow down – and work with my body in a more relaxed way – will I ever get to a “perfect Hanuman”? maybe & maybe not & maybe it doesn’t matter.