February Teacher Feature: Beatriz Prieto Oramas

BeaFavorite part of teaching yoga?

Many, many… here are a few: Sequencing mandalas (when going around the mat, I love that geometry). Finding stories to tell at the end of classes (by now everybody at the studio knows about my cat Sofonisba, she is a good source of inspiration). Talking to other yoga teachers (we have a great community at Tranquil Space). Assisting (particularly in savasana). Teaching prenatal (I wish there were more partners in class supporting the mothers-to-be). Oh, and teaching baby & me is so much fun!

Where did you grow up?

A great place to grow up (and to go on vacation): Tenerife, Canary Islands (Spain).  Beach, mountains, volcano, great food, culture, history… a bridge between Europe, Africa and America. It’s the place that gave me roots and gave me wings.

What are your top 3 hobbies?

Hiking, arts and, well, yoga. I’m calling this year “2014, Year of Arts & Crafts”, with the intention of visiting more museums and art exhibits, attending more concerts (Hello, NSO!), and dedicating some time to crafts (I recently machined-sewed little pompoms to a tablecloth and I’m slooooowly advancing in a Klimt‘s needle-point canvas). We’ll see what the year brings.

Favorite album or artist?

For many years I’ve been intrigued by Australian aboriginal painting; transmitting that special connection with nature and the cosmos the aborigines portray in their paintings.

Favorite restaurant in DC/VA/MD?
Luckily, in Washington, DC, there’s a good number of restaurants to satisfy my cravings for
Spanish food. Jaleo even features a couple of dishes from the Canary Islands: papas arrugadas
(wrinkled potatoes) and conejo en salmorejo (rabbit marinated in a typical paprika sauce).

Favorite food? 

Ha! A paella or a Spanish omelet that I don’t have to cook myself… (as these are usually on the menu when doing picnics with friends)… Plus, I must confess, I often have milk with honey and gofio for breakfast, which is a typical cereal flour from the Canary Islands; nutritious, natural and healthy, from the times of the aboriginal guanche people…

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

Last year, when asked for the Team Player of the Month, I invited Sofonisba Anguisola, Hypatia of Alexandria and Alvar Aalto. This year I would like to invite the German explorer and naturalist Alexander Von Humboldt, the Brazilian architect Niemeyer and the Italian scientist and Nobel Prize winner Rita Levi-Montalcini.

Favorite yoga pose and why?

Among the favorites are supported bridge, half-moon pose, and I’ll add as well supta baddha konasana. Ummm, why? They make me feel good. And I smile to myself when we are practicing half-moon or reverse half-moon in class and I know we have a half or a full moon that night in the sky.

Favorite quote?

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou.


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