Since I was a teenager I've been driven by the big existential questions: Who am I? What is self? What is this consciousness thing we're all experiencing? I first explored meditation as well as both eastern and western philosophy. A few years later, a friend took me to my first yoga class. Yoga became the way I could bring the intellectual home to rest in the tangible.
Adjustments/Assists: I don't assist often due to the diverse and changing nature of people's comfortability with touch.
Theming: I love to draw on my own philosophical insights from the week to bring attention to both the contemporary struggles of our shared experience and the beauty of the yoga tradition to provide comfort.
Sequencing: I like to mix it up, sometimes we will work towards a key pose using carefully constructed anatomically intelligent sequences to get there, at other times just a steady and focused all arounder!
The day to day practice of trying to live! In our individualised society we're so disconnected from community, from a sense of belonging, from ourselves. I'm continually motivated by the intent to bridge the divide between the self and other, to help others feel understood.
So much! Less striving to attain advanced asana, more considered and deliberate movement. It's slowed right down to be able to access more space, more connection, more transcendence.
I admire anyone that gets up there and shares from their heart. It is not an easy job and I have so much respect for everyone giving it a crack. I've practiced with many teachers around the world and I wouldn't be the teacher I was without the influence of all of them, even those I didn't "like."
Longer holds, slow and deliberate movement, deep breath, introspective contemplation.
I'm continually motivated by the intent to bridge the divide between the self and other, to help others feel understood.
Yin: the space is so damn rich and expansive.
I'm out in nature! Continuance, silence, spaciousness, life.
A cow for sure. When I look into a cow's eyes I can see the whole universe. Plus they just chill and eat all day.