I love the community at Tranquil Space because we are all about learning with and from one another. Every time I come to class — whether as a student or as a teacher — I have a sense of joyful anticipation about what the next hour will bring and where the journey will take us together. Lately, a huge joy for me has been about meeting members of the community I haven’t yet met and getting to know them better.
Where did you grow up?
I moved from the US to East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) when I was 5 and a half. My father was an infectious disease doctor who was with the CDC working at the Cholera Laboratory there. My mother started an NGO there focused on maternal health and family planning. I moved back to the US when I was 13, where we settled in Bethesda, MD.
What are your top 3 hobbies?
I love to paint (oil is my medium) and to cook. As a new teacher my newest hobby is to is to prepare for classes and keep up with my own practice.
I love any book by Robertson Davies, but perhaps my favorite is The Rebel Angels.
Favorite piece of art?
Freida Kahlo speaks to me on so many levels, but I can’t choose a favorite piece of her work. I feel the same way about David Hockney. The last exhibition I saw in the city that really stayed with me was Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park series at the Corcoran. Such amazing color and vision.
I hate to admit this, but my entire family and I can quote chapter and verse of The Big Lebowski. Every time I watch it, I find another layer of meaning that is quite profound. I really wish I was kidding about this.
What inspires you?
I used to find inspiration outside of myself, but I find that as I’m aging, I find inspiration in places of deep silence, like the meditation time after savasana.
Any kind of hot vegetarian curry.
Dream vacation or favorite vacation you’ve ever been on?
I am in the process of planning a trip summer after next to India and Bangladesh with my daugher, Emma. I have big plans for this return home — I haven’t been back to this area of the world since I was 13. I’m thinking that it will be a pilgrimage of sorts — a way to honor the work that my father and mother did in this area of the world, a time to reconnect with old friends and see important places in my past. For me it will be an important way for Emma and me to remember my mother — my mother took me to Kenya when I was the same age as Emma and it was such as transformative time for us as a mother and daughter. And now that I have started practicing yoga, I want this to be a learning journey for me too. The lovely part of planning for this trip will be speaking to all the yogis at TS who have been and getting recommendations for our excursion.