Age: 58; 59 (Yikes!!) in October
What do you do when you're off the mat?
I'm retired from my professional career, so I volunteer for several organizations (Winterthur, Thornbury Township, Brinton Family Assoc Bd) and try to stay busy with "projects." I am an avid gardener and like to do needlepoint as well. We have a very small house in the Caribbean and I am in charge of "maintaining" it, which takes more time that you might think...
What brought you to BY for the first time?
My husband is a practicing Buddhist and his breathwork has been very beneficial to his overall well-being. I knew yoga was a lot about that as well and thought it might be very good for me as I move into a different phase of my life...that means getting older!
What's your favorite thing about the studio?
The people!! Students, teachers, guest instructors. I found it to be a great mix of people: interesting, engaging, encouraging, fun and funny; accepting and welcoming.
What's your advice for someone coming to yoga for the very first time?
Give it time; like all things in this life you will get out of the practice what you put in to it...And, it's not about the mat or the asanas. It's about a way of thinking, doing and being. Wooky-sounding, but true.
What has your yoga practice given you?
Hmm...you might have to ask my husband about that! Certainly some physical benefits, improved flexibility and strength; but more importantly, probably are the emotional and spiritual benefits - a greater sense of acceptance, more patience and focus - learning to be better about taking care of the inside, so the outside it better!
What's your favorite pose?
I don't really have a favorite pose - I like doing Surya Namaskara - maybe not 108 of them, but a several to give provide some energy, focus and meditation.
What's your least favorite pose?
Anything with a backbend.
Tell us something unusual about yourself.
That's a hard one....I'm really usual! The only thing that comes to mind is that a good friend of mine once said that I can talk to anyone, from anywhere, about anything (or nothing...)
What three words would your best friend use to describe you?
Willing, energetic and a good sense of humor.
What's your guilty (or not so guilty) pleasure?
Have you made any big changes in your life since starting your yoga practice?
We have moved. That really doesn't have anything to do with the yoga practice, but a strong yoga practice certainly has helped with the stress of that and living in "transition" as we doing right now.
If you were having a dinner party and could invite anyone you wanted to, who would you invite?
I would have to mix it up with good friends, past and present, along with a group of folks that I would find it interesting to chat with over drinks/dinner. I would probably have two tables of eight and ask the men folks to switch tables at the dessert course. (Tedious, but it works!)
My list: Table One: Cecil Beaton, Gertrude Bell, David McCullough, Deborah Cavendish, Barbara Doyle (departed friend), John Chew (departed friend), Kris and Bayard Walker
Table Two: Wes Anderson, Gertrude Jeykll, Nancy McClelland, Susie Townsend (friend), Coleman Townsend (friend), Tom Savage (friend), Ellen DeGeneres and Barack Obama.