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