What initially inspired you to do yoga?
I have been practicing yoga since 2003 and loved it right from the start. I used it as a supplement to my first love, running. I didn't gain much experience until 2007. I am a former elite competitive runner and became injured in 2006, that's when I really turned to yoga. It has literally saved my life! Not only has it kept me sane, it has helped me heal, in many ways, both physically and emotionally.
What do you remember about your 1st yoga class?
The first class I attended was in the running store I worked in and was specialized “yoga for runners.” I remember finding it strange at first, but loved the good stretch! I’m not sure I enjoyed or understood the benefits of Savasana until many years later…
What keeps you coming back to your mat everyday?
It is my HOME. I feel calm and grounded when I am on my mat. Being a giver in the healing art of massage, being on my yoga mat is my time to receive.
What part(s) of yoga resonate with you?
All parts! I love the sense of release I feel from chanting, stretching, and resting in Savasana. I love the challenge of approaching new and advanced asanas, and even the challenge and guidance of the lessons I learn through the philosophy of yoga.
How has yoga affected your life? what does it mean to you?
It has changed my world completely. Moving from a very intense life of marathon training to the more calm and less extreme life of yoga has helped me find self care and balance in life. I am a more well-rounded person with yoga in my life. For me, in one word, yoga means balance.
How does yoga make you feel? has it contributed to some healing in your life?
Yoga makes me feel grounded, balanced, free to be, calm, peaceful, flexible (and not just physically!), open-minded, open-hearted, and love. It has contributed to healing my running injury, plantar fasciitis, and has also contributed to emotional healing over the years, ultimately helping me find self-love and an open heart <3 .
What makes you avoid yoga? what makes you commit to yoga?
I don’t really avoid yoga. I only tend not to practice when I am too busy. I commit to yoga especially when I feel stressed and know that I need it, when I have a personal-challenge or goal to reach (I am still very goal-oriented!), or when I have found a teacher or studio I love.
What about yoga enables you to help others and change the world for the better?
The mindfulness and mental flexibility that yoga gives me, helps me to be happier, forgiving, compassionate, positive, and loving toward others. I think having this good attitude spreads. The law of attraction…like attracts like. And when I continue to learn from more experienced teachers, I try to spread the knowledge of their wisdom.
Do you have a favorite quote that you live by and if so, what is it?
There are too many to choose from, but a couple of my favorites are “Gratitude is the best attitude” and “Carpe Diem!”