What first brought you to yoga?
I was first brought to yoga in an attempt to get fit doing something I enjoyed. Turned into a practice that healed my depression, healed my body and gave me a life-long love of moving and breathing.
How do you define a “yoga body.”
A yoga mind is required for a yoga body.
A yoga mind is anyone who takes the time to connect with themselves, their bodies and their breath. A yoga body is not defined by a shape but rather a commitment to loving oneself by taking the time to observe, breathe and love oneself in THIS moment.
How are you Audacious?
I was born loud and opinionated. Audacious is not a new thing for me. My yoga practice has helped me to understand myself better, embrace aspects of myself that I have tried to alter in the past.
I am not just loud and opinionated. I am strong, un-afraid, determined and passionate. Yoga has also helped me find and learn to nurture the softer side of myself just in time to surrender to the physical, emotional and spiritual practice of being a mother.
Advice for an intimidated beginner?
Trying yoga is like trying anything new. At first, it can be intimidating but the benefits, like that of many mindfulness and fitness practices are life altering and can launch one into a new life of wellness and vitality.
On being a mother and a yogi…
Yoga and the practice of svadyaya (self observations) helped to prepare me for the physical, mental and spiritual changes of being a mother. The changes in the body are profound and the ability to surrender to the wisdom of generations of women informing my every cell is not something that is easy.
While pregnant with my first, I was able to spend a lot of time on my mat and in meditation simply being present in the (sometimes uncomfortable) bliss of motherhood.
Now with a toddler and pregnant with our second, my mindfulness practices are more practical and about being present with the joy and wonder of my son, embracing the subtle mental shifts toward the next birth, new baby and loving so fully while still participating whole-heartedly in my business and adult relationships.
It is only through truly being present in each moment that I can allow myself to be so many things – a mother, a designer, a business woman, a friend, a wife, a lover, an artist, a teacher and a yogini.