Hometown: Richmond, VA. RVA for Life.
On weekends you can be found: Writing at coffee shops and trying not to be a stereotypical hipster. Baking bread. (Seriously, handmade. It's my hobby.) Running through the Park. Making dinner with friends and telling lots of stories. More writing. I'm in grad school at Columbia for an MFA in Fiction. It's my thing. I'm always telling stories, even in yoga class. Be prepared.
Favorite movie of all time: What A Girl Wants. Totally changed my life. I had a prom dress custom made after the blue one she wears in the movie. It didn't turn out well. I still want that dress.
Favorite time of day to get your practice in: I want to be one of those people who rises early and immediately rolls out my mat, but the truth is that I love evening practices. I meditate every morning and flow every evening, with a run in between if I have time. Evening yoga gets me out of my head before dinner. It calms me down and gives me space for self-analysis.
A quote you love? "Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?" - What a Girl Wants. I told you it changed my life.
Your personal mantra is... Isvara Pranidhana. (The last Niyama of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras.) Loosely translated as "let go and let God." Surrendering to something higher than oneself. I need to remember this at least ten times a day. I like to be the center of my own universe. I need yoga because I need to get outside of all this. I need to get closer to God.
What's your favorite part of Y7? THE PEOPLE! Have you met them? They're fabulous. I want to hang around them all the time. But for real, Y7 is a magical place. It deepened my personal practice with some transcendental experiences. Also: the beats. Obviously. I secretly wish I was a hip hop dancer, and the Y7 classes are the closest I've ever gotten.
Dream vacation: England! Okay, not entirely original, I know. But I lived abroad for a year and love all things British. The people, the tea, the rolling green hills...I dream of living there one day. God save the queen. And Harry Potter.
Favorite yoga pose: It changes as life changes. Double pigeon is so juicy and vulnerable that I never want it to end. I learn a lot about myself in that pose. I've also learned a lot in headstand. Being upside down scares me. And flying crow! Wow, that pose. You gotta dig really deep to stay aligned. Right now I'm loving full hanumanasana. It took me 3 years to get into the full splits because my runners legs did NOT like the hamstring stretch! Now I'm so giddy about it that I'm putting it in all of my practices. Maybe I'll do it right now...
Favorite post yoga snack: Can I say chocolate and red wine? How about iced coffee? After the coffee, it's probably a huge, juicy green salad. I make these marathon salads in my mixing bowl and fill them with all of the goodness I can get my hands on...Yum! I'm definitely on the kale train. Been there for a while and don't plan on getting off.
How did you get into yoga? I was an injured runner and hot yoga was the best alternative I could find. I was always a big athlete, but my body felt so goooood after that first yoga class that I walked around all day talking about balancing and body alignment. I was hooked, but it took me a while to really dedicate myself to the practice. I decided to be a fitness instructor in college to impress a boy. I didn't get the boy. Instead, I got my first yoga certification. I was only eighteen and still learning a lot about myself and how to be on my own, but then I saw this ad for a certification and kinda dove in headfirst without knowing too much about yoga. I was skeptical at the beginning, but the lifestyle and philosophy slowly became a part of me. As did the people in that certification. Huge shout out to them, right now! You know who you are. Thank you for changing everything. I love you, always.