Favorite inspirational quote: He who conquers others is strong. He who conquers himself is mighty. - Lao Tzu
When/where/with who was your first yoga class? My first yoga class was a Wednesday night gentle restorative class at Metrowest in Westboro in 2010.
What / who inspires you? People who are passionate about helping others
What I love most about yoga is: Nothing else brings me closer to peace and contentment!
What you can’t live without? Being able to see, I am a visual person and I can't live without being able to draw or appreciate art.
What you might not know about me: I love museums.
Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?): My parents regularly tell me to be grateful for what I have!
My favorite book: The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Favorite Word: Zen
Local escape: Burlington, VT
My favorite thing to do (other than yoga): Going for long walks or hikes
Favorite inspirational quote:From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. –Luke 12:48.
When/where/with who was your first yoga class? I began exploring yoga independently at a very young age, but my first yoga class was at a small home studio in Beverly, Massachusetts. I instantly fell in love.
What / who inspires you? My husband, my daughter, and my parents. Additionally, I work in mental health and find my clients to be very inspiring. I feel constantly moved by working with people through their struggles and witnessing their strength and resilience.
What you can’t live without? Music and my husband’s cooking.
What you might not know about me: I studied math in college and taught high school math for a few years. And then I somehow ended up a mental health counselor and music therapist.
Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?) I’m not sure I have one piece of advice, but I grew up in the military, and many of those values have helped pushed me forward throughout different experiences in my life.
My favorite book: Captivating—John & Stasi Eldredge. Also, one of my favorite yoga books is The Inner Tradition of Yoga by Michael Stone.
Favorite Word:Tigress. I had a very vivid dream of a tiger when I was in my early 20’s. In the dream I heard, “be a graceful tiger leader.” The tigress has been a very meaningful image for me since.
Local escape: I actually love the Worcester Airport. I often run or drive up there to clear my head and enjoy the view. It’s the closest I can get to my Arizona mountains!
My favorite thing to do (other than yoga): I’m an avid distance runner, so I love turning up loud music and going for a long run. I love local races; half marathons are my favorite to race. Of course, spending time with my husband and my daughter is also at the top of the list. And I can’t leave out my secret passion for New York Times crossword puzzles.
Favorite inspirational quote: "Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love." — Rumi
When/where/with who was your first yoga class? November, 2009 at Metrowest Yoga, Sarah Whiteman
What / who inspires you? People who live their lives with passion and heart.
What I love most about yoga is: The calm and balance it brings to my life, and the amazing community of people I have come to know and love.
What you can’t live without? love
What you might not know about me: I love peanut butter, especially with ice cream.
Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?): In my junior year of college, a dear family friend (Aaron) encouraged me to let go of what I thought I should be doing and pursue my passion. I was a math major at the time, desperately unhappy, struggling to believe in myself and follow my heart as a designer. This decision completely changed the direction of my life. I am incredibly grateful and have never once looked back.
My favorite book: I'm not sure that I have an absolute favorite, but the book, Self Reliance (Ralph Waldo Emerson) had a deeply profound impact on my life.
Favorite Word: authenticity
Local escape: Wellfleet, MA
My favorite thing to do (other than yoga): I love listening to music, being at the beach, eating delicious food, traveling and exploring new places, going for walks in nature, spending time with my closest friends and family, quiet and solitude, sleep, and having unscheduled days with no definite plan.
What inspires you? My daughter, music, nature, creative humans, survivors, and authentic yoga teachers. I'm easily inspired.
What do you love the most about yoga? I love the heightened sense of awareness it has given me, the space and clarity it creates within my body, mind, and spirit...but above all the practice of self-love and the ability it gives me to appreciate every part of myself. I wish to share it with every soul I can.
What can you not live without? My daughter, she reminds me to be present at all times. Also...sunshine.
What might people not know about you? I was a professional dancer at Hersherypark for five years, and I was dancer in the movie "School Ties".
What was the best advice you ever received? "just breathe" from a dance teacher in high school.
What is your favorite book? I love books. I never turn on the television. I love "The alchemist" by Paulo Coelho and anything pertaining to yoga of course.
What is your favorite word? Serendipity
Favorite local escape? Any beach in New England, and Metrowest Yoga of course.
What is your favorite thing to do? Watch an approaching storm. The way the wind blows, the trees sway, how it intensifies, and the rain that follows always mesmerizes me, and soothes my soul. Also, hanging with my daughter, taking an amazing yoga class, dancing, listening to the ocean, laying in the sunshine, and long bike rides.
Favorite inspirational quote: “You wander from room to room, hunting for the diamond necklace that is already around your neck.” – Rumi
When/where/with who was your first yoga class? Before school one morning during my senior year of high school with my very good friend, Cadena. Her father had just opened a yoga studio in downtown North Attleboro.
What / who inspires you? My mother and father. Also, nature and the circle of life – it just blows my mind.
What I love most about yoga is: Yoga has given me a new set of eyes. I love most that it continues to help me create space in places that I get stuck and how it helps me to shed off layers of armor that I wear for protection. It helps me to connect deeper with who I really am.
What you can’t live without? Fresh air and my few but very close, childhood girlfriends.
What you might not know about me: I have dreams of being a hip hop dancer with big, poofy hair wearing high top Reebok Pumps.
Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?): “Everything is a choice,” from a very good friend.
My favorite book: “How Yoga Works” by Michael Roach
Favorite Word: Hello
Local escape: Kennebunkport, ME
My favorite thing to do (other than yoga): Garden, cook, cat naps, swim, hike, play in the snow, and pretend to be a hip hop dancer.
Favorite inspirational quote: Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift. That is why it is called the PRESENT. I don't remember who said this.
When/where/with who was your first yoga class? I first tried yoga when I was in college. Marquette offered Hatha Yoga classes at the Recreational Center.
What / who inspires you? Nature, with its beauty, power and resilience and little acts of kindness.
What I love most about yoga is: that it makes me strong and flexible both physically and mentally. I love the way it gets me out of my head to a peaceful place.
What you can’t live without? My friends and family
What you might not know about me: I was on a swim team in Hawaii when I was younger.
Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?): "Do the best you can in all things" My father never really said this to me, but everything he did exemplified this philosophy.
My favorite book: hard to say....I'm currently reading When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron.
Favorite Word: Amazing
Local escape: Nickerson State Park in Brewster, MA
My favorite thing to do (other than yoga): play tennis and cook.