Hi friends- Happy Tuesday!! I hope you’re enjoying the week so far. I know everyone over here in Baltimore is still feeling the rush of the Ravens win! I still can’t believe it. I remember when they were in the super bowl before. I was a freshman in college and I had a paper to do when the game was on. Anyways, it feels like ages ago and I am very excited for this years game!
Here is a spotlight post on my dear friend Brandy. She’s a Baltimore native, yogini, rock climber, wife, dog lover, football fanatic, knitter- the list goes on! Anyways, she’s amazing and I wanted to share her story because she isn’t a yoga teacher. Well not yet at least.
1. How did you get into yoga and what made you want to become a yoga teacher?
I discovered yoga my Sophomore year at UPenn. It was my escape. Juggling a D-1 sport and a really demanding workload was very stressful. I know this is a challenge for many student athletes, but coupled with my "OCD, type-A" personality and predisposition for panic attacks my anxiety sky rocketed. Yoga really helped bring some calm and quiet to my racing brain and it provided me with a more soothing endorphin release than competitive tennis. I still find yoga a great compliment to the many sports I play.
Turn Utthita Parsvakonasana/Extended Side Angel Pose 45 degrees and you are in perfect rock climbing position; an activity I discovered a passion for after graduation in 2005!
I’m not a certified instructor, but it is on my bucket list. I think there is something really powerful about sharing something with a stranger that can be so transformative and healing. I would love to explore the type of yoga instructor I would be and how tapping into this side of myself would aid in my own personal growth and development.
2. How does yoga help you to express who you are and who you want to be?
I am my truest and best self in yoga class; strong yet vulnerable, open, focused and moving with purpose. I really try to replicate that feeling in my hectic life off of the mat.
3. What important lessons have you learned about yourself through your yoga practice?
For me, "scaling back" is often more of a challenge than "pushing forward." Learning to be "ok" with where I am now and listening to what my body needs, and is capable of, in that moment has been a great lesson that I continue to learn.
4. What’s your favorite pose? Why?
I have the world’s tightest hips! I think its a combination of having been an athlete my entire life and just the basic composition of my body. Eka-Pada Kapotasana/One Legged Pigeon really is a physical challenge for me, but even more so a mental one. I dread it, but know how great the benefits are and really just try and surrender to the "good hurt." It can only get easier right?
I also love Natarajasana/Dancer Pose and Adho Mukha Vrksasana/Handstand. I find these poses exhilarating!
I hope you enjoyed my interview with Brandy! Isn’t this picture adorable? I was at their wedding and they are honestly the sweetest couple. Love them. Anyways- I hope you’re staying warm. I’m sick of the cold already.
Have a great day!!!