Favorite part of teaching yoga?
There are so many things! If I had to choose one, I think it would be the creative outlet that putting together a class allows me – from coming up with sequences, to choosing the music, to finding ways to assist poses based on each individual student; teaching has been a real adventure in creativity.
Where did you grow up?
Roanoke, Virginia – in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of southwestern Virginia. I know I sound like a tourism website tagline, but if you haven’t been, you’re missing out.
What inspires you?
Passion. Whether it’s for knowledge, your job, your hobby, or just breathing, I get so inspired by people who get wrapped up in things and really live their passion. I don’t care if you’re handing out the Express at the top of the Metro escalator to angry morning commuters or living your dream as a National Geographic photographer on a mountaintop in Bolivia – if you’re doing it passionately and living it to the fullest, you’re inspiring me!
Anyone who knows me knows I go through food phases (I’ll eat something ALL THE TIME until I’m sick of it and don’t even want to look at it for a year). Right now, I’m hooked on Trader Joe’s Thai Veggie Gyoza.
“I would rather be ashes than dust!
I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The function of man is to live, not to exist.
I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time.”
Favorite restaurant in DC/VA/MD?
Founding Farmers drops the mic every time.
Favorite yoga pose and why?
I love a supported bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana) after a long, challenging class. It feels great to release and let go (and know that Savasana is right around the corner!)
Favorite album or artist?
I love, love, love folk music, and I have A LOT of favorites. I have to say, though, Mumford and Sons are the clear frontrunner for me. Their live album The Road to Red Rocks is pretty stellar.
If you could take a yoga class from any teacher in the world (living or dead), who would it be?
I really thought about this one – because I have a HUGE list of teachers that I want to practice with. (Does anyone else have a yoga bucket list?) For our purposes here, I decided on Tao Porchon-Lynch, because let’s be real – she’s pretty amazing and really seems to squeeze the juice out of life. I don’t even really need to take a yoga class from her, I’d just like to sit down and have a conversation!
If you could be one animal, what would you be and why?
I would be my dog, Daisy May. She really lives the life, man. Lots of naps and free food. Plus, then I could still hang out with all of the people I love.