1. What is your most memorable travel experiences?
Home truly is where the heart is for me; I love a staycation! That being said, I obviously don’t do a lot of traveling. These days, my most memorable travel experiences are the times I get to travel back to my hometown, Windsor, ON (shout out to my Moksha Yoga Windsor fam). My heart grows a couple of sizes when I get to see my family and friends, and when I get to dabble in all the delicious Windsor pizza!
2. What posture do you struggle with the most, and why?
When I started practicing yoga 4 years ago I cringed toward the end of every class when the instructor would cue pigeon pose. I struggled so much to still my mind and my body in this hip opening posture. Even as a stretch at the end of a Moksha or Flow class it was hard, so you can imagine how easy it was for me to avoid any and all Yin classes!
One day I mixed up the schedule and walked into a Yin class expecting to flow. Yikes! I stuck it out though, and I learned a thing or two about myself from that experience. Over the years I have learned that sometimes when I avoid something, it means I really need it. Yin has taught me to create a better balance, and to slow things down in my busy life. Do I still struggle with pigeon pose? Sometimes. But once my body and my mind settle, I remember how great the stillness is.
3.What do you love about the Moksha Series?
The Moksha Series is great because it provides some consistency in this unpredictable world. Walking into a Moksha class, you pretty much know what to expect and you get a bit of everything—balancing, strengthening, flowing, stretching.
4. What is the most important thing you have learned in a yoga class?
The most important thing I have learned in a yoga class is to be adaptable and open to change. Even in a Moksha class, with a consistent set of postures, each practice is different depending on who is guiding it, how my body feels, where my mind is that day, etc. Change is inevitable, and I find that it is much easier to go with the flow than to resist what comes. Change is a constant—the only thing that stays the same is the fact that it will all change.
5. What is your favourite thing about being an ambassador/energy exchanger at Moksha Yoga Saskatoon?
I love being an ambassador at Moksha Yoga Saskatoon! Being a full-time counsellor and mom, my day-to-day life is pretty unpredictable, but my time spent at the studio gives me a fairly consistent ‘to-do list’ and some time to myself to a clear my head from the week. I love my Saturday shift because I get to slow it down and practice Yin (which we already know is a challenge for me). But being an ambassador is about so much more than just that one shift a week. It’s about being part of something that is bigger than myself. It’s giving back to something that gives so much to me. It’s helping to create a space that allows others to feel safe, welcome, and open to all the possibilities that yoga can bring into their lives.
6.Has your practice changed since becoming a Mommy?
So much has changed since becoming a Mommy, including my yoga practice. However, I think the biggest changes to my practice took place during my pregnancy. I got better acquainted with my body and I learned to listen to it a lot better. This body is amazing! It created life, and for that I am truly grateful! Since having Ben, my inversion practice has really taken off. I have to credit my core strength for facilitating that, and my willingness to fall on face.
“What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?” -Eric Hanson