1. What inspires you to teach yoga? (sva dharma)
I am inspired to teach yoga because I experience the personal benefit of fueling ones fire everyday. The fire has helped me become more sensitive and go deeper into my relationships with my partner, my family, my friends, my students and with the earth. Through this ability to share with others and the earth more profoundly, I thrive doing what I love the most - which is Art and Yoga. I would consider this my Sri life. I want everyone to have a Sri (Resplendent) Life!
2. How has the practice of ParaYoga transformed your life? (tantra)
I believe ParaYoga has helped me reach my most authentic self. It helps me be honest and show the world what I really want them see in me. I really am a happy, joyful being and attempt to let that Shine even when the world is heavy and afraid.
3. In what way have you seen the principles of ParaYoga help to
transform the life of your students? (parampara)
It seems that every year, that is at least one student that wakes up to their SvaDharma (Self-Purpose) and I can see how the awakening came through their consistent yoga practice which is typically about Agni and fueling this fire. Once they have awakened, I am then their to simply help them stay inspired until the Tantra (the weaving of their new Spiritual and Material world) turns into Sri - (their joyful and effortless life)
4. What type of practice and/or study is informing your teaching
the most right now? (brahmavidya)
The calm, steady quality of the Lunar practices informed most of my 2011 teachings. More than anything else, I wanted my students to taste the sweet smoothness of still and quiet mind. Now that they are calmer, in 2012 I will invite them to move towards what gives them joy and bliss.
5. What obstacles have you had to overcome and how has this made
you better and brighter as a teacher and in your life? (agni/sri)
My greatest obstacle is that I find it easier to be alone. Not better, just easier. My yoga practice helped me break out of my "easier" shell and go out and attempt to live interdependently in the world instead of independent. I know I have so much to share and love it when others share with me, but for many years I did not share much of myself. I kept private, quiet. I knew that in the end this would be only cause me to look back with frustration and regret for being to afraid or bored or too lazy to harness all that life has to offer. Life, the world, and being human is so awesome! I do not want another moment to go by where not only do I feel this but I am also acting on it!
6. Anything else you'd like to share?
Yogarupa and all of the teachers and guides in my life have guided me in so many ways towards being my best self. I am utterly grateful and bow deeply to them, the teachings, and the Sri Vidya lineage. Hari Om Tat Sat.
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