What was your most memorable teaching experience this past year?
It’s difficult to choose just one as there are so many. I often comment to my friends that my “job” is so rewarding because almost every time I do it, I am thanked and, frequently, offered other verbal appreciation. If I must choose one memorable experience it would be the day that a woman who has been coming to my classes for a few years, and has never said more than “hello” or “thank you”, approached me just before a class, recently. She handed me a bag. Inside was a card, some tea and a gift-card as well. The card said, “Thank you for your inspiring teaching style.” It’s one of the most rewarding compliments I’ve ever received.
If you could visit one person from the past, who would it be?
Siddhartha Gautama/Gautama Buddha; we usually just call him Buddha.
What inspires you most when teaching students?
The opportunity to share the practical magic I have discovered with Yoga and Ayurveda with them; in hopes that it will help them, as it has helped me, to live a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
You are already enough. You don’t need to prove your worth. You are deserving of others’ time and love, simply by virtue of being alive. Now that you know this, what will you do with your life?
What types of Yoga do you teach?
Hatha, Yin, AyurYoga, Prenatal, Restorative, Vinyasa, Vijnana & Tensegrity
Other skills you are certified in?
Ayurvedic Health Educator & Consultant
Your favourite Asana?
The Royal Tenenbaums
Favourite TV show?
Oldest historical event you can remember that you were alive for?
I was in my teens when The Berlin Wall fell. It was the first historical event that impacted me deeply.
When you were a Student what inspired you to Live Your Yoga?
I am still a yoga student and always will be. I am inspired by the desire to explore and understand my own mind, body and heart; so that I can care for the planet and my fellow humans to the best of my ability.
Who would people say is your Doppleganger?
People tell me I look like someone they know or this or that actress. But there is no consistency. I am just me.
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but in seeing with new eyes.” ~ Marcel Proust
Your hope for the Students in Your Training?
I hope that each person might discover tools and practices that allow them to be more sensitive and responsive to their own real and present-centred needs. I think it is this willingness to listen to and be compassionate with ourselves that enables us to authentically and sustainably offer the same to others.
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