My first yoga class came early, at the tender age of nine. I distinctly remember the lion pose, sticking out my tongue and roaring "ahhhhhhhhh", the sound and fury of it probably more kitten than big cat.
It would be years before yoga and I crossed paths again. It was in New York; I had the incredible opportunity to train there as a dancer. I found myself taking part in a Yoga class one day and took to it naturally.
Over the next few months, yoga gradually became second nature. The deeper I immersed myself into it, the more I appreciated its benefits. Yoga went from habit to habitus, becoming part of me and my life.
Yoga is exercise, but the experience transcends the mere physical for me, it's a never-ending journey rather than a destination, and I'm grateful for my daily dose of inspiration.
Same-same, but different
Ten years of teaching yoga have been a life lesson for me. And the most important aspect of wisdom I found is something we all know, but often ignore: Every person is unique.
Our genetics and anatomies are different. We all have different strengths and weaknesses. These differences run deeper than the physical.
Our needs, ambitions, desires, fears, life circumstances—we are all in a different place and of a different mind.
To each his/her own
Yoga takes a holistic view of the human body, mind and spirit. I feel it is important to see each student as a unique individual. That brings me to another lesson I learned on my path as a yoga teacher: There is a unique style of yoga for every individual.
The best form of yoga is the one that fits you. And if the fit is right, it teaches you how strong you really are. It connects the outer you with your inner self. It allows you to tap into your source of energy. It unlocks a force of will strong enough to push aside the obstacles that life puts in our path every day.
Yoga has a long tradition of one-on-one lessons. I soon found out why. For the student to reap the richest rewards, the teacher must look at the individual's personal situation with an objective eye and tailor the training accordingly.
My goal is to help you find the yoga that fits you; a personal style that does what's right for you and not what tradition, commerce or conventional wisdom dictate.