Team Player: Dave Kidney

Favorite part of yoga?

I love having so many different ways to express the practice, from asana to meditation, pranayama, and service to others. Every yogi’s path is unique and personal, and to have even a glimpse of a student’s journey is a privilege for me as a teacher.

Where did you grow up?

Delmont, Pennsylvania, a suburb east of Pittsburgh

What are your top 3 hobbies?

Staying physically active, watching myself turn grey, and (currently) butchering, er learning, the Spanish language. Qué barbaridad!

Favorite book?

A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving. Hands down, one of the best books ever written. EVER! (as Owen might say)

What inspires you?

People who are infectiously passionate about their lives and work, and finding moments in my own life that let my heart lead my brain for a change.

Dream vacation or favorite vacation you’ve ever been on?

My dream vacation is a globetrotting venture for my 50th (still a few years away) – Iceland, London, first class Eurostar to Paris, Moscow, the Middle East, Nairobi, Capetown, Maldives/Seychelles, India, Thailand/Cambodia/Vietnam, Australia, Beijing, Tokyo, Lima, Rio, Panama, Mexico, and finally to LA for yoga in Venice/Santa Monica and hiking in the mountains at Malibu. It would also involve flights on an Airbus A380 and a Boeing 747 because I have been fascinated by large passenger jets since I was a boy.

Favorite yoga pose and why?

Chaturanga dandasana, but truthfully, any pose that can be sequenced with Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs is a favorite in my asana glossary.

Three people, living or deceased, who you’d invite to the same dinner party?

Without question, Queen Elizabeth I (not the stuffy second one), Madonna, and Melinda Gates. I can’t think of three more ‘git ‘er done people, but of course, I’d end up washing dishes while they divide up the world.

If you could be one animal, what would you be and why?

Kevin’s dog (well, and a little bit of mine, too) Misha. Girlfriend’s got THE life I want. Treats, sleep, belly rubs, gainful unemployment…no way I’m missing that the next time around.

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