How did you get started in yoga?
As a child I was a gymnast, so flexibility was always part of my life. After being injured in my teens I was searching for something else. After several “failed” attempts of team sports (soccer, volleyball, baseball) my Mom brought me to her Yoga class, I remember thinking “this is for people my moms age and older!” However during that class something happened, something I cant explain I just felt “it”.
What does yoga mean to you in your life today?
To me yoga is more than these fancy arm balance pretzel poses. It is something you take with you off your mat day to day. I acknowledge that I am not a perfect human and at times show colours of anger, frustration, sadness, anxiety etc. I then remind myself it is a practice, and I have tools (such as my breath) to help ease these emotional states.
What is your favourite type of yoga and why?
My favorite type of yoga is YIN! Although, that was not always the case. When I first started to practice I needed the physical movement because I was not ready to “face myself.” Eventually I found that once I stopped chasing my thoughts I was able to settle in my body allowing myself to relax and accept where I am in the present moment.
How did you discover PranaShanti Yoga Centre?
I discovered PranaShanti when friends of mine would not stop talking about the incredible teachers and the amazing events that happen here. Another huge draw for me was the fact they offer room and warm temperatures classes plus a wide selection of styles Hatha, Kundalini, Yin and more.
Why do you enjoy being part of the community at PranaShanti Yoga Centre?
The best part about being here at PranaShanti is the fact that we are a center dedicated to continuing your education as a teacher or a student. By bringing in guest Teachers, Gurus, Speakers/ Artists from all over you are able to get a sense of the vast information they have to offer. Also making connections with people in your community, even those who travel from different areas of the city.