Parivrtta Hasta Padangusthasana - Big Bend National Park

Parivrtta Hasta Padangusthasana – Big Bend National Park

I started practicing yoga more than 15 years ago to get healthier and reduce stress. Since then, yoga has become more than a pastime. It is the singular item that I resist from crossing off of my ever-expanding “to-do” list. It is the activity I seek out within the nooks and crannies of passing time. Yoga gives me a chance to breathe, to balance in awkward positions, to stand on my head and literally experience the world from a different perspective. Yoga calms me down; it helps keep me sane. It informs my being, my living, and my work.

Over the years, I’ve practiced yoga for thousands of hours and taken hundreds of hours of workshops, teacher certifications and related training. I’ve taught all levels of classes in parks and on rooftops, in living rooms, lounges, classrooms, dance halls, yoga studios and occasionally, in the session rooms of academic conferences.

I used to think my yoga practice was on the periphery of my professional work, but upon reflection I realize that is not the case.

Every time I teach a class I witness a palpable shift in the room, a sense of calm that sweeps in and through from beginning to end. Seeing a change in my students’ state of mind and embodiment for the better keeps me in the teacher’s seat.

I feel this groundedness in my own practice, too. Yoga is a way for me to remember that I’m not a brain on a stick. Being in my body and connected through yoga and meditation reveals an inner potency and self-respect. In the body, of the body, beyond the body. Strong yet vulnerable. Individual, yet connected. When I find equanimity in my practice, the unity of mind-body-spirit provides healthy fodder for my work and the life I want to live.

I’m currently completing my 500-hour RYT certification in hatha yoga and a specialized training in yoga for cancer.