Favorite part of yoga?
The community at TS is a big part of what keeps me coming back. But I love the brief moment right after class where everything is completely peaceful.
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Newark, NJ but grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. I consider both cities home
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende.
Favorite piece of art?
I have a piece that I bought while I was in Cuba which I absolutely love. It’s a painting of a bright bouquet of sunflowers with a beautiful turquoise backdrop.
Favorite restaurant in DC/VA/MD?
El Riconcito is a great little Salvadoran restaurant with 2 locations, Columbia Heights and Mt. Vernon/Convention Center. I love their tamal de elote (corn tamale) and the pupusas (corn tortilla stuffed with beans and cheese). Yum!
Dream vacation or favorite vacation you’ve ever been on?
It wasn’t a vacation by any means, but one of the best places I’ve had the joy of visiting is Havana, Cuba. I lived there for 5 months during 2009 as part of a study abroad program through my university, and just fell in love with the country and the people. I still talk about it constantly
Favorite yoga pose and why?
I really enjoy half moon. I feel grounded and light as a feather at the same time, and I love a good heart opener as well.
Three people, living or deceased, who you’d invite to the same dinner party?
Frida Kahlo, my grandfather, and Celia Cruz! I have always been mesmerized by Frida Khalo as a person and by her artwork. I love the colors and the subjects. They tell of such moving stories and experiences. My Grandfather unfortunately passed away in 2009 when I was abroad, so I never had a proper “good-bye” with him. I would love to see him again and just hear his voice. And lastly, Celia Cruz. My mother and I adoringly call her “Abuela” as if she really was our Cuban grandmother. I grew up listening to her music, and would love to hear about the time she lived in Cuba during the revolution and how this impacted her life.
I always spend Christmas in NJ with my family, and my Mom and I make a point to go into NYC for a mother/daughter day. New York is always so pretty during that time of year and it always gets me in the holiday spirit!