What in your practice inspires you to teach? My yoga practice brings balance to my mind, body and life and through teaching I can share the fundamental principles yoga, that have had a profound impact on me, with others.
Tell us a little about your yoga journey and how this influences what you bring across in your teaching? After recovering from two cancers, eight rounds of chemo, nine surgeries and two babies I wanted to rehab my body. One of my doctors said I would probably never do another push up and another recommended that I do yoga. I chose yoga. That choice rehabbed my life from the inside out. When asked, and sometimes when I am not, I pass on that advise, "do yoga". I first came to Kaia to support a friend who took my advise; "if you do one thing, do yoga". It started with Tuesday morning hot vinyasa with her and that turned into a ten pack, a monthly membership, three teacher trainings, and the best teaching gig ever. We still meet in the hot room. Sometimes I am taking and sometimes I am teaching. It is a special place. This journey has taught me compassion, respect and admiration for my body, and the importance of balance. This is were I practice and teach from.
What is your favorite activity outside of yoga and how does yoga help this activity? I love Scuba Diving. Being under water is the ultimate meditation spot. Like yoga, diving is about breathe control and controlling your body with your breath. I never connected the two until I went diving during my 200-hour teacher training. I was shocked by the improvement in my diving. It was exciting to see how the progress on my mat translated to scuba diving. My motto is: Do what you love and do yoga.
What makes teaching at Kaia yoga a unique experience? The people are what make Kaia unique. Gina and Stan surround themselves with a diverse, passionate and knowledgeable group of teachers from all over the world and that brings a diverse, passionate, knowledgeable group students. I continue to be mentored and inspired by the teachers and the students who come to Kaia. I am grateful to be able to study, learn, teach and practice here.