What excites you about teaching yoga?
I love the vastness of this practice, and the fact that there is always more to learn. As a teacher, I also get to be a lifelong student, and to share discoveries with fellow practitioners in this ever deepening, evolving path.
What’s your motivation for teaching yoga?
Practicing yoga has profoundly changed my life, and I sincerely believe that aspects of the practice can be relevant and useful to everyone—even if you have no interest in downward dog, getting more skillful at moving and relaxing your body, enjoying your breath, and being present with yourself are such transformative skills. I love helping people find the parts of the practice that feel most helpful for them—which is part of why I particularly love working one-on-one, where we can co-create a customized practice for your unique body, mind, and life.
What is the most meaningful lesson that yoga has taught you?
Yoga practice is the place where I truly came to understand that the only way to learn is by doing. (The Yoga Sutras might call this abhyasa: steady, ongoing practice.) Which means you have to try things, even things you’re going to fail at many times. Failing doesn’t mean you are a failure. It means you’re learning. Every gap, when viewed with unconditional friendliness, reveals an opportunity for deeper growth. I wish I’d learned this sooner; but maybe failing to learn it was the way I had to learn it.