Updated: Apr 25, 2020
1. What is your diet like? I have a fluctuating appetite – therefore at times I am very hungry, and at other times not at all. (In Ayurveda) my dosha is Vata so my digestion plays a big part in what I do eat. I typically love sweet and salty foods. I am also a grazer and my body type favors snacking or small meals throughout the day. I have found that staying away from foods that are astringent, bitter, or pungent does not serve me well. Being mindful of avoiding stimulating drinks such as colas, coffee, and black teas helps, because they stimulate the nervous system too much. (I have let go of the colas and black teas, but I am still so addicted to coffee).I prefer an organic/gluten free diet.
2. How often do you practice yoga? I practice some form of yoga on a daily basis, whether it be through meditation, asana, or mantra/chanting, it is a lifestyle in which I love living and being present for.
2a. My favorite yoga pose, hmm? That is a tossup between any of the warrior poses, but I prefer Viparita Virabhadrasana or Proud Warrior and/or Virabhadrasana III or Warrior III.
2b. My least favorite pose is Mandukasana or Frog Pose.
2c. The pose I am currently working towards is Parsva Bakasana or Side Crow.
3. Do you practice other forms of exercise? Typically, my lifestyle is pretty active, so no, I do not. However, since COVID-19 I have implemented a 30 day challenge for myself and that is “The Fit Yogi Trainer” . It is a 4 week program that brings fitness and yoga together. Thank You Wendy, as I am getting my butt kicked on a daily with this simple app you can download and follow day by day.
4. What do you do when you are not working? Said nobody ever! OR just me. I kept saying before COVID-19 that if I had a little more time in my day… If there were just longer days, I can get done what I need and want to. This time has been an opportunity for me to check some things off of my to do list. 1)I have wanted to expand my practice through yoga and have committed to going back to school for yoga therapy. At least that is the end result. Through the Yoga Veda Institute, I will gain knowledge of Ayurvedic Medicine and Yoga Therapy. My scholarship has been approved and 75% of my tuition is paid for. I’ve got an attitude of gratitude. 2)My other passion is in my recovery and without that yoga would not be possible, neither would living a life free of alcohol and drugs. It is not just the freedom from drugs and alcohol that gives me a burning desire to want to live this way of life, but the freedom from the bondage of self and carrying a message of hope to others. So fortunately, time has slowed down quite a bit and has brought me right back to my roots. Extending my hand to others as it was done for me, now that isn’t such a bad deal, eh? To me it is gratitude in action. I could never repay what was done for me, so I suit up and show up and ask, “Where is it that I am most useful?” The universe is always conspiring in our favor, we just need to “seek” and “ask” and then as you know it everything is falling into place as it is, not how I think it should be. 3) I also volunteer my time and work for the city 2 days a week through the non-profit organization Wear Gloves. It allows me to be out and in nature while helping keep our environment a little cleaner.
5. Best tip to remove or release fear and anxiety? One of the best tools I have utilized to remove fear and anxiety is “Breath”. That moment of “Pause” allows me to be present in the here and now and will also determine how I respond to a situation. When irritated, agitated, and full of anxiety, I look down to see where my feet are… They are firmly planted and grounded in this moment right here.
· I LOVE YOGA and what it means. “Unity” or “Union” Whether it be through asana, meditation, or mantra/chanting. For me, seeking to bring the body, mind, and soul simultaneously together allows me to find a little more “truth” within myself. The mat has been a faithful channel in navigating my journey and allowing me to honor my true identity, as I AM, therefore, holding space for others to do the same. The light in me honors and bows to the light in you…”Sat Nam” … “Namaste’”