Why Yoga? Movement & Stillness

I am the oldest of four. I grew up in Montana and was introduced to Bikram yoga by my younger sister. I was in a transition space in my life. The beginning of that summer 2010, I moved back to Missoula, Montana before starting a one-year commitment with AmeriCorps in Minneapolis. I practiced 6–7 times a week for the entirety of the summer. I suspended my practice the 1-year I was in Minneapolis because the yearly AmeriCorps Stipend of $12,000 does not allow for much outside of the basics — rent, utilities, food, and toiletries. Post AmeriCorps (August 2011), I moved to Massachusetts and started practice at the studio in Natick, MA where I did work-study until I settled into a downtown Boston routine, where I made the Back Bay Studio my home studio of practice.

I’ve always been one to move around a lot. I love the fluidity of life and I believe in the professional, academic, and social work that I have done throughout the course of it. I believe as human beings we struggle with balance on the day to day. We operate from a space of needing to feel rooted, while also needing movement.

We are not programmed to be idle. Whether it is a getting up in the morning, tying your sneakers and going for a run, rising to new titles & challenges in professional settings, or moving across the globe to learn about other people, places and culture, there is a deep sense of accomplishment by achieving our personal goals especially when they are tied to the things we are most passionate about. Achievement brings us to closer to alignment.

I believe we identify home as a matter of both people and place. But like so many postures teach, balance works in groups of threes. Love of people. Love of place. Love of self. I believe that Bikram yoga is the art that allows us to begin to create that balance and I believe art invokes life.

I am community organizer by trade. I believe in equity and access for all people within our local communities and on a global scale. Through life experience and research in multiple US Cities, I’ve come to know that the concepts of access to the essentials that lay a foundation for our creativity and happiness — fresh food, water, art, and movement are often set a the highest economic and social price.

For me, yoga is the connection between art and movement. Bikram, in particular, works from a moving stillness — movement of the heart, the control of the breath, and stillness of the mind. I believe in the moments where we align these 3 things we awake a conscious sense of peace and process.

I feel that on both a local and a global level peace and process are the two key elements from us creating communities that will allow us to gain insight on how we build more sustainable and equitable social/city systems. My goal as a teacher is to increase the channels of access to yoga in order for us to be become a better nation and a better people.

Yoga has been my blessing. Yoga, like all good sense and knowledge, is something that must be shared. In a sense, I have ‘no choice.’