Mind, body, spirit — yoga is a holistic experience for many. But did one element or another first draw you to the practice? That is, were you seeking to settle your mind? Have greater physical flexibility? Explore your spiritual nature?
How about now: does yoga feed your mind or your body or your spirit more, or are those elements more in balance than when you started?
it is an ebb and flow between these balances, that why I practice daily
How long have you practiced yoga?
How long did you practice yoga before you started teaching it?
Do you have a preferred yoga style?
When you were starting out, what came easiest and what was more challenging?
settling the mind is the most challenging and getting into poses was easiest
From your experience as a teacher, can you generalize about what comes easiest for beginners and what is more challenging?
everyone is different but I think the general theme is getting the mind in alignment
What are the more difficult poses for beginners to execute?
forward fold, downward dog
What have been the greatest benefits of yoga for you?
proprioception and learning how to move my body from the inside and knowing what muscles need strength and length to get me into a pose
Apart from yoga, do you practice other techniques of mindfulness or meditation?
Do you regularly do other forms of exercise?
I hike 5 miles a day at 8200 ft
Outside of a yoga session, do you ever just strike a pose and stretch? If so, which poses and where?
yes, handstands, splits and forward folds
You have a choice: lead a yoga class (1) outdoors on a beautiful day, overlooking the ocean, or (2) in a well-designed, very comfortable minimalist indoor space. Which do you pick?
—interview © Marshal Zeringue