“Some people might think that by practicing Yoga you’re running away from the world and are not going to enjoy anything. But yogis are the people who are going to enjoy everything. Because when you’re the master of your life, you’re not controlled by anything and you can enjoy everything. This is the aim of Yoga.”
∞ Swami Satchidananda
I am a Down to Earth Yogini and Authentic Hippie! I was introduced to Yoga back in high school and have been a practitioner for over 25 years. When I arrived to Virginia Beach in 1993 I was more interested in the meditation portion of yoga classes as the postures came natural to me. When Hot Yoga arrived at a local gym, my practice evolved. I began to incorporate more yoga classes into my life, in addition to lifting weights and cardio. Eventually, I realized that I didn’t love the gym anymore. I just loved Yoga.
To me, Yoga is a way to let go of expectations. It is a way to release physical tension in the body. It is a way to become more aware of the bodies we live in. Yoga is about the breath; our life force. I teach Yoga because I want to educate people on how their bodies move. Most people have no idea how the body works. It’s not a terribly fascinating subject for most. But, for people like me who find it amazing and mind-blowing, I have made it my passion to help others understand the amazing mechanics of our body. I also teach Yoga because many years ago I realized that Meditation is the key to a peaceful life and that most people can't' sit still for more than 2 minutes. I share Yoga because I have the patience to do so. Patience is an essential quality to teaching.
I incorporate some sort of tidbit about anatomy during each class. I have fun with each class bringing a lighter note. People think that in order to start yoga, you have to be super flexible like a pretzel. I try to dispel that myth at every opportunity.
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