1. How did you find your way to yoga?
I was a dancer in college, and a very hip professor introduced me to yoga 15 years ago. She used it as a warm-up before her African dance classes. The combination of stretches and breath work felt so good in my body– it stuck with me as a favorite way to exercise, and my love for it as a holistic body/mind/spirit “workout” has grown farther than I ever imagined it could.
2. What do you do for a living?
I am a professional sign artist. I manage the art department at your local Trader Joe’s by day, and manage my four year old daughter at home by night (I still consider this a full-time job!) I also do freelance hand-painted sign work for small businesses in and around portland… Spread the word!
3. Are you able to incorporate your yoga practice into your career or into your daily life off the mat?
Absolutely, if in an indirect way. Yoga is the primary reason I can stay sane in my hectic lifestyle. I am especially grateful for my early morning practices, which include physical asana, pranayama and meditation, and how they allow me to maintain a sense of calm and focus throughout the rest of the day. My relationships, at work or in my personal life, always benefit. Most of all, I feel that my practice has given me a greater sense of connection and compassion for all living beings. What could possibly be better than that??
What is the best thing about the Lila yoga community?
Where to begin… I’ve practiced and worked at several yoga studios around the country, and I am humbled by Genell’s mission here at Lila: to teach love, light and play, while not getting caught up in all the frills. (Check out the updated chalkboard across from the desk the next time you’re in… my writing, Genell’s vision!) Lila got it right. Best of all, the sense of community is gigantic for a one room studio, and the people who are attracted to it are inspiring in their own right. Love you, Lila