1. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOGA?
When I’m describing yoga, I tend to be speak to the process of a yoga practice. Some times I really love to describe yoga and put words to the physical effort and understanding of the asana practice. That usually sounds like this; “Each and every yoga pose has stages of entry and exit, as well as the blueprint of the pose itself where we are no longer entering or exiting. There are some really interesting ways to fine-tune our physical experience in asana. Often that’s referred to as alignment, I practice to the development of stability, safety and exigency in both teaching and on my own mat.” But, when I start talking about the philosophies in and around yoga, I really love a conversation to add to ever-expanding description of yoga. In other words I try to keep an open mind, and learn to like what I don’t love.
2. HOW DID YOU FIND YOUR WAY TO YOGA?
In the late 90’s I was a burlesque dancer with a troupe in New Orleans. One of the dancers was an Iyengar Yoga teacher, she would lead short classes prior to some performances and I attended them half-heartedly but it was really after leaving New Orleans, post Hurricane Katrina, I found yoga as a way to stay emotionally intact.
3. WHAT IS YOUR PRACTICE LIKE OFF THE MAT? HOW WOULD YOU SAY YOU LIVE YOUR YOGA?
I would say that I am looking to engage with what comes my way, yoga off the mat is usually for me about jumping in and being able to communicate the fullness of life to myself and to others. I live my yoga by turning out into the world and by offering passionate gestures and humor and poetry.
4. WHAT DRAWS YOU TO THE LILA COMMUNITY?
I am drawn to the Lila community because I am drawn to the generous nature of the teachers, students, and studio. When a community can grow and still stay strong at it’s core, I’m so thrilled by this idea, it is rare to find community that represents so many things with ties to a core value of support.
5. WHO IS YOUR PRIMARY TEACHER RIGHT NOW?
Noah Maze & Dr. Douglas Brooks
6. WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO KEEP TEACHING?
Things/Ideas/Feelings that inspire me to keep teaching:
Work-I like to work, I simply like yoga teaching as a job, as work.
Art-I have moved away from creating 2 dimensional artwork but find that teaching yoga is a way that personifies the artistic nature in me.
Community-I feel more stable than I ever have been within the context of yoga community.
Study-I am devoted to the process of learning, practicing, and therefore continuing to teach.
Relationship-My partner is a yoga teacher as well, ‘teaching’ is an interesting and wonderful never-ending conversation in our house. I look forward to the exchange of ideas and opportunities to grow as teachers in each others presence.
Voice-I have things to say !
7. IF YOU WOULD SUGGEST ONE BOOK TO THE COMMUNITY TO READ AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO DEEPEN THEIR LEARNING ON LIFE, YOGA, AND ALL THINGS, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I’m gonna say that I’m much more of a music gal than a book reader so let me offer an album first off to answer this question. Undoubtedly, Astral Weeks by Van Morrison. And a book, I will throw in The Courage to Teach by Parker J. Palmer.