If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only have one type of meal, what would it be?
I would have lots and lots of sushi! It is always my “go-to” meal!
Coffee or tea? What type/brew?
I love Chai tea to put a kick in my step, and green tea for the rest of the day. Plus, there is this great tea called Bangle Spice made by Celestial that is perfect before bed
What do you do for fun (besides yoga)?
For fun, I love running, hiking, and generally being outdoors. That’s not to say I don’t love a good day/night of Netflix bingeing. They have some great documentaries that I could watch all day.
What is the craziest job you’ve had?
Before moving up the the PNW I was working at an online marketing company. It wasn’t what I wanted to do at all, but it helped me make ends meet before I moved to Oregon for grad school. I didn’t even really know what it was I was going to be doing, but once I started the job, I realized I was serving pop-up ads on the internet to people! Remember those shoes you were shopping for online? Isn’t it weird how they follow you from website to website via an ad in the corner of the page? I was making sure that happened to you! It was a little “soul-sucking”, but it was a good experience.
Where do you draw inspiration?
Friends and family mostly. I try to use daily life to help inspire me through the various outlets I have. I am very involved in the community through school and work, and I try to let the lines bleed as much as possible. I love it when I can extract something from one part of my life and inject it into another seamlessly.
What is your favorite book?
My favorite book is Life of Pi. I think it was an incredible message and the ending is a MIND BLOWER! The movie did a good job at recreating it, but the book is always better.
Three songs you love:
Save Tonight by Eagle Eye Cherry
Shake it Off by Taylor Swift
Big Pimpin by Jay Z (I know its kinda random, but it reminds me of summer time!)
Favorite yoga posture?
My favorite yoga posture is probably shoulder stand. I think it feels amazing on the body, and I love adding different modifications to it.
Why do you practice and teach yoga?
I practice yoga because I find it to be a soothing moving meditation for the body. Both stretching and strengthening is something you can get in few other activities. Teaching yoga has allowed me to continue to learn and grow my yoga experience, while also getting to interact with people who have a varying knowledge of yoga. I love exposing people to new things and new styles, while learning from them through their practice. Its ends up being the exchange I get in every class that keeps me coming back and expanding my passion for yoga.
P.S. – ask her about her time in the Peace Corps – she’s been up to all kinds of good stuff!