On A Mat Near You: Meet Barb

We are pleased to introduce to you our lovely TriYoga teacher Barb “Bhavani” Knabb.  Here are a few Q&A’s to learn more about our fellow “flow-er”.BarbMeditationWoodsIMG_1530

How did you find TriYoga or did TriYoga find you? Were you practicing yoga before TY?

 
I found TriYoga in West Chester, summer 1996.  I was in physical discomfort from running and an aerobics with weights program.  I knew of yoga, and had wanted a practice for a long time.  I’d tried books, tapes and nothing connected with me.  I felt I needed a person, a teacher.  I knew I was hOMe with my first TriYoga class.  I asked what my homework was & returned the next week & all the weeks since then.
 

Where do you find your inspiration to roll out the mat regularly?

Daily practice is wonderful.  It doesn’t have to be long and involved, I just have to show up.  I felt benefits from practice after a few weeks in 1996, and never wanted to go backwards, towards pain.  I never regret spending time on the mat.
 
What is one of your favorite memories with your practice? with Kaliji?
 
I first met Kaliji in the Berkshires in October, 1999 when she offered a Prana Vidya weekend workshop.  I was dumbstruck when she approached me, and deeply impressed by her warmth & how comfortable and safe I felt in her presence & in the workshop.  That weekend I learned that Teacher Training would be offered to deepen one’s own practice.  I signed up.
 
How would you describe your teaching approach with TriYoga?
 
Hmmm, curious question.  I love Basics.  Follow the rhythm & flow of breath & energy.  Economy of motion and words.
 
What gets you excited about life? Favorite activities outside of TriYoga?
 
I love to walk.  Especially in the woods with my husband, with steady rhythmic breath & pace.  Listening & observing nature.  A walking meditation.
 
I love to cook whole food.  We make our breads & crackers as much as possible.  We grow many vegetables, and eat from the garden as much as we can.  Today’s salad was spinach & lettuce from the garden – in November!
 
This winter will mark 37 years my husband and I have been together.  We started out baking bread and hiking, and we’re still baking bread and hiking.  Living with my husband keeps me excited about life.
 
Interview by Rebecca Swinden
 
 

 

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