What do you do when you're off the mat?
I am a retired Registered Nurse. I have also been active in dog sports for 25 years and I am presently teaching Nose Work for canine teams.
What brought you to BY for the first time?
Learning yoga was on my Bucket List of things to do after retirement.
What's your favorite thing about the studio?
I love the instructors, each and every one of them are amazing, bringing their own approach and personality to the class.
What's your advice for someone coming to yoga for the very first time?
If you are new to yoga, like I was, I would suggest an Introduction or Beginners Workshop so you can feel more comfortable in this new environment. I practiced Classical Yoga for the first year because I felt the pace was better for me to learn the poses and to make adjustments to improve them.
What has your yoga practice given you?
The meditative aspect has been life changing, everything from improving sleep by controlling my breathing and quieting my mind before bed to relaxing and focusing when I am competing in canine sports.
What's your favorite pose?
A forward fold feels great to me, it is my favorite.
What's your least favorite pose?
A year ago I would say any hip opener would be my least favorite (Pigeon comes to mind) but I do not feel that way anymore. I have made subtle improvements compared to when I started and now I like all the poses even the challenging ones.
Tell us something unusual about yourself.I like to take walks/hikes when it is raining or in the winter when it is extremely cold, I find it very peaceful.
What three words would your best friend use to describe you?
I asked my friend and she said "kind, honest and determined" so I asked her "you don't think I am funny?" and she said "yes but not the top three!!" I am still laughing, I guess that speaks to my honest and determined side.
What's your guilty (or not so guilty) pleasure?
I love a dark roast coffee, 16 oz. in the morning, then I am good for the day.
Have you made any big changes in your life as a result of your yoga practice?
I can not say I have actively made any changes in my life but as a result of yoga and the meditation I have found positive changes within me.
If you were having a dinner party and could invite anyone you wanted, who would you invite?
Michael Key and Jordon Peele, Terry Gross and Joe Biden.