What do you do off the mat?
I like to do projects around my 250 year old house and 6 acres of garden. I enjoy long walks, I love to cook for friends and family. I'm pretty much a homebody.
What bought you to Brandywine Yoga for the first time?
I had taken a class years before and I was intrigued by yoga, decided to give myself some classes for my 60th Birthday, this was back when Blue Rock Yoga was in the Pocopson space. I felt that this was something I could do and stick with for the rest of my life. When Brandywine moved into this space it was the perfect fit for me.
What's your favorite thing about the studio?
I enjoy the sense of community and caring.
What's your advice to someone coming to yoga for the first time?
Be patient with yourself, keep coming to class. Don't try to do it all at once. Accept where you are. You are unique.
What has your yoga practice given you?
Physically its given me strength. Emotionally it centers me, gives me confidence. If you take parts of the practice, like breathing, with you into your life, when you face a challenging situation, while not trying to change the outcome, it will change your ability to cope with it.
What is your favorite pose?
That's easy! Half Moon, Ardha Chandrasana. It looks so elegant and strong, and it feels so good!! It opens my heart.
So, what's your least favorite pose?
Once again, easy!! Warrior 3, Virabhadrasana 3. I can't see the beauty of it, it feels ungainly!
Tell us something unusual about yourself.
Well, I've been giving this one a lot of thought and truly, the only thing I can think of is X rated so I'll keep it to myself!!!
What 3 words would your best friend use to describe you?
I actually asked her this and she gave me 4 words, hope thats ok: Strength, Grace, Focused and Genuine.
What's your guilty (or not so guilty) pleasure?
A glass (or 2) of wine. Also I like to watch the show, Game Of Thrones.
If you were having a dinner party and could invite anyone you wanted, who would you invite?
This question was easy to answer, I've always wanted to invite these people to dinner: Tom Brokaw, NBC nightly news anchor, I think he is a truly decent human being. Alex Trebek, a very interesting dinner guest. Would we have to answer in the form of a question? Margaret Thatcher - a strong thoughtful and honest woman. Tony Blair - The first one to speak up after 9-11.
Have you made any big changes in your life since starting your practice?
Yoga, for me, started as something that was going to be all mine, something just for me. It quickly became a way to cope with the stress of my husband's illness. After his death it became a lynch pin in the healing process. Coming to my mat for an hour or so, rolling to my right side, coming back to my day knowing that yes, I can deal with it, yes it will be ok. It's never the wrong thing to go to yoga.
Interview by Jaki Reynolds