Favorite part of yoga?
The way that it can so easily translate into everyday life! I try to take everything I learn on the mat into every situation I encounter in my daily life…from gratitude, to BREATHING, to acceptance and forgiveness. I also love that it’s referred to as a “practice” no matter how advanced you are – it’s like life practice and yoga practice all mixed into one!
Where did you grow up?
Good ol’ Fauquier County, VA! I like to explain this one as “Where Virginia stops being NOVA and starts being…agricultural.” (My house was within walking distance to 4 separate dairy farms and my high school was next to a cornfield. That should paint a pretty accurate picture for you.)
What inspires you?
(But also those P&G “Thank you, Mom” Olympic commercials get me every time. After my initial reaction of sobbing happy tears for several minutes, I feel like I can take on the world, all thanks to my mama, crazy talented athletes, and perfectly timed piano music!)
I have a sad weakness for cheese.
“Go wherever your heart takes you.” True life: It’s from one of those Dove candy wrappers. I read it, loved it, and then I got a heart tattoo on my foot.
Favorite yoga pose and why?
I mean, let’s be real here. Who doesn’t love a good Savasana?
I’m a pretty peppy person to begin with, but the Christmas season amplifies that by about a billion. I love everything about the holiday season – the hustle and bustle, the twinkling lights, the music, the movies, the chilly air…I can’t get enough of it! The world is a happier place during that time!
Favorite album or artist?
I have recently fallen in love with Sam Smith. Have you heard his voice? It’s like velvet curtains are rubbing your eardrums.
If you could take a yoga class from any teacher in the world (living or dead), who would it be?
Tamal Dodge (living) – he was my absolute favorite teacher when I was living in LA. He’s a tiny man with a calming voice, amazing ukulele skills (he would play and sing during Savasana!), and the ability to make you WORK YOUR BUTT OFF without even knowing it. My friends and I would have “Tamal Tuesdays” – we’d go to his class and then grab dinner/drinks/FroYo. I dream of the day I can do his retreat in Fiji!