1- In less than a minute, tell us who you are and why we keep hearing good things about you.
I'm a meditation teacher and author, and I help people learn to bring compassion and kindness to their life -- for themselves and for others, too.
2- What inspired you, if any, to join the Warrior Flow 200-Hour Yoga Training’s faculty?
I'm old friends with Adrian and admire his work, and like him, I believe that yoga -- movement, mindfulness, and an orientation of respect for life -- is beneficial to everyone. Warrior Flow School's program has a unique focus to make these practices accessible to populations that are often overlooked.
3- In simple words, what does yoga mean to you?
As a meditation teacher, Yoga means uniting the body/mind/heart.
4- What is the main difference between learning yoga now and when you took your first yoga training?
When I began studying yoga and meditation, it wasn't mainstream and I had to explain to people what I was doing! Today, both yoga and mindfulness are common practices, and it makes me glad that more and more people are understanding how useful they can be to a healthy and happy life.
5- In your opinion, why is this a key moment in time to learn yoga?
Because there are so many distractions today, many people are just acting out of habit and conditioning, without reflection or consideration of their impact on themselves and others. It's an important time to learn yoga because people who can simply sit quietly and mindfully and understand their sensations, emotions, and thoughts are less reactive and more compassionate for themselves and each other.
6- Who would you be without yoga?
Without yoga and meditation I'd be very self-critical and ashamed, filled with a lot of stress.
7- Who were your role models? And what pushed you to learn and become who you are today?
I'm inspired by my Buddhist teachers, Sharon Salzberg and Ven. Robina Courtin, and many others like them, who demonstrate real generosity, good sense, joy, and equanimity.
8- What were the pivotal roadblocks and challenges you encountered along the way that helped you define your path?
I was led to yoga and meditation from a place of deep suffering -- panic attacks, a troubled childhood, and a deep sense of inadequacy. Through these practices I'm much more able to bring kindness and patience to myself and my difficulties, and to offer the same to other people too.
9- What can we all do right now to make this world a better place?
Put down your devices, get still, and just notice your breath for five minutes each day.