1- In less than a minute, tell us who you are and why we keep hearing good things about you.
I am someone with an insatiable curiosity about learning how to be a better human being in this world.
I was blessed with yoga in my early twenties. And since then my life has never been the same. I think people might hear good things about me because yoga is not something that I do or perform, but I truly believe yoga is something that you embody with each thought, word, and step you take in the world.
People might also hear good things about me because I believe that the practice of yoga should be shared with everyone who could benefit from it without limitations.
I believe that yoga can make the world a better place. I had seen this with my own eyes during the years I taught a shelters, hospitals, prisons and schools.
2- What inspired you, if any, to join the Warrior Flow 200-Hour Yoga Training’s faculty?
I believe that we are on a very important time in our lives. The world is going through major changes. There are too many challenges out there. And all of us need to have a safety net of practices that can help us to make sense of these changes.
Yoga is that safety net.
Yoga can help each of us as individuals to look within and remember what really matters but also, once we find that safe harbor within ourselves, we can share this practice with others in the world.
The world can be a very difficult place to be for many and I truly believe that yoga can alleviate so much pain.
3- In simple words, what does yoga mean to you?
A reflection. A look within. A question mark. A gift. A pointer. A compass. An internal GPS. Roots. Love. Structure. Connection.
4- What is the main difference between learning yoga now and when you took your first yoga training?
In my experience, in the early 2000”s I was very inspired in learning this practice to learn more about myself. About what it means to be human. I needed to have framework in which to live my life.
These days, I think there is that, but also, there is more emphasis not only in the internal revolution that yoga ignites in each one of us, but also a clear understanding that this revolution can create social change and bring everyone to the table to share the gifts of the practice.
It’s no longer an elitist practice. Yoga is for everyone, and by everyone, I mean EVERYONE.
5- In your opinion, why is this a key moment in time to learn yoga?
This is a key moment to learn yoga because the world is in transition, each of us is in transition.
There is a generalized feeling that things are moving, shifting, changing. And for many, this is a wake up call, a reminder that you only live once. And if you feel the call of being of service within yourself, then this is indeed, a really good time to lean this practice not only for yourself, but for others as well.
6- Who would you be without yoga?
A loose cannon.
7- Who were your role models? And what pushed you to learn and become who you are today?
Paramahansa Yogananda is one of my role models.
His yoga wasn’t physical. He came to the West with a clear message.
This practice reminds you of who you are, that you are powerful beyond any measures. That God is within you. And we can learn to see that in each one of us.
8- What were the pivotal roadblocks and challenges you encountered along the way that helped you define your path?
My path has been evolving since day 1.
More recently, my interest has shifted in the connection between yoga and public health.
How can we help yoga to reach more hospitals, more shelters, more prisons. How can we bring this self-regulation tools to so many who are forgotten.
The passing my mom was a defining moment that helped to focus my practice on the service aspect of it instead of the performative side.
9- What can we all do right now to make this world a better place?
Learn Yoga. Embody Yoga. Share Yoga. And in the process take deep breaths.
It’s going to be a rocky journey.