1. How did you find your way to yoga?
I discovered yoga when I was 17 through a friend in the tradition of Bhakti Yoga. I learned the philosophical teachings through an Indian guru, practiced Bhajans, meditation, self-study, and asana (or the poses) were a small part of the practice for me. In many ways, I feel like yoga found me and I was ready to receive its lessons and practice.
2. What is your practice like off the mat? How do you live your yoga?
I feel like my practice is the most robust off from the mat. Since I was a teenager, I have tried to live the philosophical principles I learned. To me, yoga is about expanding your own awareness and light. There are not many things that I do without considering if it is aligned with my beliefs and in my highest. This goes from what I eat, how I approach situations, who I spend time with, and what I choose to do. Now, I am not a purest. I still make very human choices and understand that these choices will have an effect. I basically try to do good and encourage others to find what this means for them as well.
3. What’s your favorite thing about the Lila yoga community?
I love the level of maturity and commitment that I find within the Lila community. I feel like our community has some of the most well-rounded and refined yogis I have found in a community. Each student and teacher has a deep commitment to the spiritual sacredness and intelligence of the practice. Our community knows yoga touches you at the deepest levels of your being and this is why I find our community so inviting. We get that it’s more than physical activity and exercise. It’s a mind-body-spirit practice.
4. Which pose is your “asana nemesis,” the one that you loathe, but should probably be doing more?
Agnistambasana (fire log pose) It’s my nemesis because my hips physically do not move well in an external rotation. Some people are not structurally built that way and I am one of those people. I don’t agree that I should do the pose more either. It’s just not that important to me to master something that feels so unnatural and is probably very unlikely for me to do to its fullest extent.