1- In less than a minute, tell us who you are and why we keep hearing good things about you.
I'm Andrea and I'm obsessed with movement.
More to the point, why we move, that divine intelligence in us that protects us, works for us, wants us to feel our best even when we're not.
We all have a powerful connection to our bodies, whether we're aware of it or not, and I love sparking that connection in my students through the study of Anatomy.
The nerd in me loves science and information; the yogi in me loves wonder and magic.
Anatomy is just another language to be considered, composed, and created with.
2- What inspired you, if any, to join the Warrior Flow 200-Hour Yoga Training’s faculty?
I love the compassion that underscores everything Warrior Flow stands for. If we can instill the importance of kindness and tolerance in the next generation of teachers as a strength, particularly because of where we are in history, our work will be done.
3- In simple words, what does yoga mean to you?
Yoga to me is more of a space you inhabit with all your parts. It is a way of being over a practice per se, a way of deepening our understanding of reality.
At any moment your tool of perception might be the senses, the body, the heart, the mind, the intuition.
We never know when inspiration will come looking for us... yoga gets us ready to receive the message.
4- What is the main difference between learning yoga now and when you took your first yoga training?
I learned Yoga to teach it to others as a physical practice.
Now I believe it has fully integrated as another modality in the wellness sphere, and is being offered in new and wonderful ways.
There is no end to its applications; that just blows my mind.
5- In your opinion, why is this a key moment in time to learn yoga?
Yoga is a bridge, a powerful connector that transcends the barriers we humans tend to put up.
The experience of the flesh, the breath, the spirit untangling itself from its burdens - that experience is universal no matter our background or personal history.
6- Who would you be without yoga?
I would be someone who had never dealt with their issues; or at least I'd be a good 15-20 years behind on the project!
I'd still be wondering why I wasn't happy.
7- Who were your role models? And what pushed you to learn and become who you are today?
All my Anatomy teachers: Kristin Leal, Jill Miller, Thom Myers - their understanding of how the spirit wraps around our flesh is awe-inspiring.
Healing one requires healing the other. What pushed me to learn was experiencing that in my own body, time and time again. That also changed my relationship to everyday movement and yoga asana.
8- What were the pivotal roadblocks and challenges you encountered along the way that helped you define your path?
My divorce and my father's death; these were both such dark moments for me, and they came at the same time.
Nothing different than what everyone faces, in some way, at some point.
Yet with both, I went through a profound spiritual transformation that only confirmed what I knew in theory. That in being aware of the light and the shadow in each moment, we can walk the middle.
Yoga shows us how.
9- What can we all do right now to make this world a better place?
Remember to be vulnerable and nurture your intuition - that's your motherboard.
We are designed to connect with other humans; literally, it's hardwired into our nervous system. That system can be evolved.