How long have you practiced yoga?
I first tried yoga sometime in 2006. I found a DVD in a bookstore, tried it a few times, and later worked up the nerve to go to a Jivamukti class near my apartment (I had no idea what Jivamukti yoga was). I practiced off and on for the next several years, sometimes with months off between practicing. Three kids later, I was ready to go steady with yoga. I started practicing more regularly each month in 2012 or 2013, becoming more consistent with each year.
How long have you taught yoga?
In April 2015, I completed teacher training through The Yoga Stand, a Yoga Alliance-registered yoga teacher training school. I began teaching pretty much as soon as I completed the program.
Do you always practice the same style of yoga?
Though I usually gravitate toward vinyasa flow yoga, my personal practice draws from a variety of styles. I connect with the vigor of Ashtanga yoga, the meditative aspect of Jivamukti yoga, and the calm and patience that’s cultivated through yin yoga.
How often do you practice?
Since December of 2015, my yoga practice has consisted of five to six days a week of asana, usually lasting between 45 and 75 minutes. I take at least one day a week to rest.
Is yoga your only physical exercise?
For several years, yoga was my only physical practice; I loved yoga and I didn’t feel I had the time for another physical practice. In recent months, however, I’ve opted for a more well-rounded practice. This is includes strength training to strengthen the muscles that yoga doesn’t fully address, and walking or dancing to raise my heart rate and improve endurance.
How long does it take to get flexible?
Everyone is different, and every pose is different. There are some poses, like warrior one, which came immediately to me. Others, like compass, took a couple of months. Still others, like full lotus, took several years. I’m still amazed that some people who are new to yoga can fold easily into double pigeon, while I know it will probably take me a couple more years to do that. Every body is different, each in its own journey. Consistent practice a few times a week is the best way to find greater ease in the poses.
I want to try yoga. Where do I start?
I think the best way to start is to find a teacher. A teacher can help you understand the alignment of the poses, help you practice in a way that is safe for you, and answer any questions you may have. Private lessons in particular are great way to receive an individualized practice and one-on-one support. I teach private lessons in Fort Worth, Texas and would love the opportunity to guide you through your practice.
If there are no yoga teachers or studios near you, try a DVD or an app like Cody App. Read my post on getting started in yoga for more recommendations on how to begin your journey in yoga!