Chrissy Vaccaro

chrissy1What first brought you to yoga?

I was drawn to yoga about 15 years ago when I was in college. Over the years my practice waxed and waned. More recently my practice intensified again. As a swimmer and a surfer, yoga became a wonderful companion activity. I ended up injuring my SI joint from years of running and dancing (two other activities I was involved in over my teenage and adult life), and was in terrible misdiagnosed pain for the better part of a year.

Doctors didn’t help, but massage, chiropractic adjustments, and YOGA did. My practice has since deepened and I’ve become so much more comfortable within and aware of my body and my movement. I don’t know what I’d do without my practice. I feel stronger than ever before.

What did you think yoga was before you tried?

I thought it looked great! Because I was raised with a classical dance background, the flexibility element seemed to jive with my sense of body awareness. I’ve always been interested in alternative philosophies, religions, and ancient cultures, so for me, the history of the practice wasn’t anything to deter me, but rather drew me right in!

How do you define a “yoga body?”

A yoga body is strong and flexible at the same time. A yoga body is healthy. It comes in all shapes and sizes. I see my body transforming into the “yoga body” I’m meant to have. I’m 5’9″ with relatively ample breast. I’m never gonna have the body of a 5’4″ woman with small, perky breasts. My body is what it is, and I see it getting stronger, more toned, and more pliable with practice. And I love it!

How do you identify as being Audacious?

I always push the limits and I don’t let people who say: “You can’t do that, that’ll never work out,” stop me from trying anyway. I wanted to learn to surf, so I did. I wanted to become a marine biologist even though everyone said, “You’ll never find a job in something that specific,” and I’m a marine scientist with a federal agency–my dream job. I wanted to play guitar in bands, and have done so regularly for the past 15 years. Most recently I decided I wanted to get my yoga teacher certification, so I signed up and I’m doing it.

Be fierce and play hard. That’s how I approach it all!

What would you say to someone who is interested in trying yoga?

I would say just try it. Talk to some friends who go regularly (chances are you know someone who does!), and approach it as a challenge, but remember that with all new activities, you won’t be a master of it right away. The cool thing about yoga (and surfing too) is that you’ll never be a master. You’ll always be learning. So, if you go into it with an open mind to learning something new, you might discover something you absolutely love.

Do you have any yoga role models or favorite poses?

My yoga role models are everyone who practices and takes the time to practice. My favorite pose is bakasana and like many people I always sort of dread utkatasana! I used to absolutely DREAD half moon pose, but the poses you dread are usually the ones you need to practice most. So, I practiced, and now I heartily enjoy half moon pose.

Chrissy Vaccaro

I work as a marine biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service by day, and play rock and roll by night.I love my dog, the ocean, and good food.I practice yoga pretty much every day and wouldn't have it any other way.

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