How did you find yoga?
I am a self proclaimed Yoga Diva. Yoga being my spirit (my tool for health, happiness and balance) and the Diva side being all that connects me to my natural feminine nature.
I got into yoga after 9/11/2001. A dear friend was at work in the World Trade Center in New York and lost her life as a result of the tragedy. I was stressed, angry, depressed and my emotions were spinning out of control. I was also in my third trimester of pregnancy so I had to find a way out of the darkness. Yoga was there to bring me to the light. I began as a student and after just over a year of practice I was inspired to pursue teaching.
How are you courageous?
Yoga was a scary thing for me… a VERY scary thing. I had to be open to healing… open to facing… me. I was the one who always stood in the way of my happiness and yoga brought that right to my table. I’ve learned to overcome fear in my practice, both on and off the mat, by summoning up enough courage to face myself.
My book YES! Yoga Has Curves was also a lesson in courage. I was finally in love with my body and I wanted the world to know how yoga helped me to accept my beauty inside and out. I wanted to encourage others of all beautiful shapes and sizes to celebrate their practice too. Even though I knew that there would be those out there who would hold tight to the myth of the perfect “yoga body,” I knew there were many more women out there who needed to see representation in this art. The book is more than just beautiful pictures on a page. It is a movement that will continue on and open the doors to many other women to be proud of their body.
What are the benefits of your practice?
My yoga practice provides me with a deep sense of balance. It helps me work out the kinks of the day to day and gives me the energy to keep going.
Advice for beginners?
For all those who are new on their journey or on the fence about starting yoga I would say take your time. Let your yoga practice support what YOU need… not what someone says you need.