By bringing her family back to Maine and joining the Lila community last year, Skye’s yoga path, which really started with Kathleen Swinbourne at The Yoga Exchange in 2003, has come full circle.
Since returning from six years teaching and receiving advanced training with Christina Sell, Seane Corn, and others in Austin, Texas,Skye has enjoyed deepening her connection to the eclectic, supportive yoga community in Portland. She now offers two classes a week at Lila, Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. Mixed Levels, as well as subbing and working behind the scenes with students and teachers.
Skye continues to study with Christina Sell, as well as Jenn Wooten and Todd Norian, to develop her teaching style, which is rooted in classical alignment, breath and body awareness, presence of mind, and self love.
When she is not teaching, Skye can be found taking classes at Lila, exploring the beaches and islands of Casco Bay with her son, or at a local coffee shop writing on her laptop and drinking Thai iced tea.
1. How did you find your way to yoga?
It’s a wonder I did, since it was in the dark, across my college campus in a cold room in the sports complex with no mats! However, I made the treacherous journey in order to get my body moving after hours in front of the computer editing my college newspaper and writing lengthy research papers, as well as to relieve the resulting stress the co-ed lifestyle tends to produce.
2. What is your practice like off the mat? How do you live your yoga?
Yoga has given me so many gifts, lessons both beautiful and challenging, that I try to apply to my personal relationships, in my relationship to the earth, and to myself. I try to practice daily gratitude, daily silence (even if it’s only for one minute), humility, loving kindness, and moderation. Just trying to live my yoga and what that means requires constant revision, evolution, and practice.
3. What’s your favorite thing about the Lila yoga community?
I love how welcoming and supportive everybody is—it truly is a place to play, to be yourself, and to feel like you’re part of something more.
4. Which pose is your “asana nemesis,” the one that you loathe, but should probably be doing more?
Hanumanasana. I will never do a full split, so this pose always rubs at my ego as well as my thighs.