I recently sat down with Bohodaily.com, the Tiny Devotions Blog, to talk about my yoga journey and the things that inspire me to live life with intention. I am so lucky to have the opportunity! Here is some of it, but go to bohodaily.com for more!
What brought you to the mat the first time?
The first time I got on the mat I was in my early teens and took a yoga class with my mom at a local gym. I recall being embarrassed by my mom and not really loving the class. Something must have stuck with me, because over the years I found myself always coming back to the mat. Once I got past being an awkward, embarrassed teen, I discovered the peace, love, and inspiration I felt from yoga and meditation.
How do you set intentions in your life?
I set intentions in my life based on my core values of quality, authenticity and fluidity. I ask myself if my intentions are in line with my values, and if they are not I clarify my intentions to make it so.
Who inspires you?
On a daily basis, I am inspired by my husband who supports me in everything I do and loves me deeply. My mom is the person who first brought me to yoga (and taught me to knit), and she inspires me with her outlook on life and her master knitting skills. My dad has sick handstand skills, and so my envy for his gymnastic abilities helps me push my practice further each day. At 65, my father presses gracefully into a handstand. I just hope one day I will be able to do the same.
My mentor Ashley Turner inspires me. Ashley is a total rockstar and has such profound teachings to share with her unique combination of yoga and psychotherapy. After taking one of her workshops in NYC, I was inspired to sign up for my first yoga teacher training program. Her Urban Priestest Mala is one of my favorites!
Jodie Rufty was my mentor in my teacher training, and her style of teaching resonates with me. Jodie lives her life so authentically she inspires me to do the same.
What inspires you?
I find inspiration in a lot of things, but one thing I am particularly appreciating these days is the post yoga class glow. There’s no feeling like it. It’s like hitting the reset button in life and creates the opportunity for clarity, purpose and selfless intention to transform the world around you. I also find myself inspired when hiking in the woods with my dog Cosmo. Being in nature always makes me more grounded, and my dog’s curiosity and excitement on hikes definitely rubs off on me.
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