Teacher Feature: Jes Hrivnak

Favorite part of teaching yoga?  
Seeing the shift in a students focus as they continue to practice from looking around the room, worrying about what other students are doing to the time when they are totally engulfed in their own practice, on their own mat, in their own mind and body.

Where did you grow up? 
I was born in Toronto and moved to Raleigh, North Carolina when I was a teenager where I lived until two years ago. Yep, I’m a Canadian with a little southern girl charm.

Favorite movie? 
Amadeus. I used to watch it with my Dad when I was younger. Sweet Motzart was one nutty dude.

Favorite food? 
Sweets. Chocolate, pastries, donuts, whatever. I love the sweets.

Favorite quote? 
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”  
-John Lennon  

Favorite yoga pose and why? 
Bird of Paradise. It’s a great multi-functional pose: Balance, core, hip opening. I love it! 

Three people, living or deceased, who you’d invite to the same dinner party?
Growing up, I only got the chance to meet one Grandparent, my Grandfather on my mother’s side. I would love to have dinner with my father’s parents and my mother’s mother. I’ve been reminded throughout my life what amazing people they were. It would be great to meet them. (oh, and Eddie Veder, see next question)

Favorite album or artist? 
For anyone who has spent more than 3 minutes with me this is a no brainer. Pearl Jam. Old, new, live, studio, slow, fast, Eddie Vedder solo… Any form of Pearl Jam makes me a happy girl. That man has honey in his voice.

If you could be one animal, what would you be and why? 
A bird, so I can fly.

One thought on “Teacher Feature: Jes Hrivnak

  1. Kelly

    August 1, 2012 at 8:50pm

    Eddie Veder does have an amazing voice! :-)

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