What do you do when you're off the mat? I work in marketing at SAP where I’m responsible for customer engagement programs and creative services. Travel, tennis and reading are my passions.
What brought you to BY for the first time?
I was a sometime attendee at another local studio where I wasn’t feeling the vibe, and during a work trip to the Bay Area, I took a few classes at a studio that revitalized my passion for yoga. While I was still on that trip, I started searching for a new studio back home. I found BY online, reached out to Lisa, who was awesome from the start, and the rest is history.
What's your favorite thing about the studio? The community: the teachers and students are so welcoming and friendly. I also love that everyone has a great sense of humor and we laugh often.
What's your advice for someone coming to yoga for the very first time? Don’t be intimidated, yoga is a personal journey and practice. Just focus on yourself and HAVE FUN. Oh, and because I’ve had a few people mention this concern to me: It’s OK to fall asleep during savasana.
What has your yoga practice given you? So much, it’s hard to pinpoint, but my husband says I am always happy when I come home from yoga.
What's your favorite pose? Another hard one, there are so many! Triangle pose and half-moon are longtime favorites – both are the perfect combination of strength and opening where I need it. Arm balances and inversions are fun, but challenging - I’m pretty clumsy so have had years to practice the art of falling down and laughing at myself, which helps to keep me trying challenging poses!
What's your least favorite pose? This changes over time, and whenever I’m not feeling a pose, I know it means that I need to do it more frequently. That said, I have never liked camel pose, everything about it is extremely uncomfortable for me both physically and mentally.
Tell us something unusual about yourself. I have moved 20 times, 9 times across international borders. I’ve always had a great sense of adventure and desire to explore new cultures, so I was thrilled when, at 13, my parents announced that we were moving to Hong Kong. That was the first step on an lifelong journey traversing the globe. As a result of this amazing experience, I speak a few languages, have friends all over the world - and I have mad packing skills.
What three words would your best friend use to describe you? I actually asked a dear friend, and this is what she said: powerful, kind, comical.
What's your guilty (or not so guilty) pleasure? I’m a bit of a TV junkie and am always looking for a good period drama to add to my list, although I’m also partial to police procedurals and sci-fi/fantasy.
Have you made any big changes in your life since starting your yoga practice? I’ve been practicing for about 20 years, so there have been quite a few major changes in my life in that time – from break-ups to moves to career changes, pretty much everything imaginable has happened since I started. J
If you were having a dinner party and could invite anyone you wanted to, who would you invite? Oscar Wilde, Ricky Gervais, David Bowie, Helen Mirren, Anthony Bourdain, Graham Norton, Dawn French, John Cleese, Rebel Wilson.