Favorite inspirational quote: Life isn’t measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.
When/where/with who was your first yoga class? First Yoga class was an Iyengar Class in September 1997, New Directions Yoga Studio in Brookline, Teacher Roni Brissette - she studied w/Patricia Walden.
What /who inspires you? Watching people grow and transform and share in their experience.
What I love most about yoga is: The way it has made me connect physically, emotionally, and spiritually with myself. It has also allowed me to stay in the moment and speak my truth.
What you can’t live without? My life partner Maureen and my yoga practice.
What you might not know about me: I have a twin sister.
Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?): Be yourself and doubt your doubts – my teacher and mentor Shawn Shaw
Favorite Book: Don’t really have a favorite book.
Favorite Word: Truth
Local escape: Arboretum in Jamaica Plain
My favorite thing to do(other than yoga): Take long walks, people watch, bike ride, hike and sit on the beach.
Favorite inspirational quote: But For the Grace of God, there go I
When/where/with who was your first yoga class? 2010 Mystic Fitness and I think the teachers name was Mimi
What / who inspires you? Family, friends and nature
What I love most about yoga is: How it gets me out of my own head. The only thing that really matters on your mat is your breath.
What you can’t live without? Animals
What you might not know about me: I almost didn’t go to the retreat in Costa Rica due to my fear of bugs. I got hypnotized and it helped but I am still fairly irrational about it.
Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?): Get honest, first with yourself because without that you can never be real to anyone else. Shirley Waller
My favorite book: I honestly don’t read that much. I prefer music.
Favorite Word: The truth would not be appropriate. Second runner up Serenity
Local escape: My sister’s backyard just being lazy by the pool
My favorite thing to do (other than yoga): Travel
Favorite inspirational quote: You miss 100% of the shots you never take.
When/where/with who was your first yoga class? At my Mom’s (Shawn Shaw) first studio in our house(converted bedroom – yoga studio)
What / who inspires you? My mother-( my first yoga teacher), my sister because she exudes confidence, Johnny and Diana from Empowered Yoga and Bob Marley for his world views and perspective on people, love and life.
What I love most about yoga is: I can feel like I’ve eliminated the bad, and added the good.
What you can’t live without? Music, guitar, yoga and working out…ice cream!
What you might not know about me: I still love to be on my skateboard.
Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?): Be Yourself. Everyone else is already taken!
My favorite book: “Where the wild things are”.
Favorite Word: Infectious
Local escape: After the yoga studio(Metrowest of course) ..The Ashland Res
My favorite thing to do(other than yoga): Play my guitar
Favorite inspirational quote: It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy.
When/where/with who was your first yoga class? First Yoga class was a restorative yoga class in Boston in 2000.
What /who inspires you? When an individual or a community or the world is suffering, I am most inspired by the innate kindness of humanity in these moments. There is an energy that results in selfless acts of giving and even just bearing witness to the suffering. To me, there is nothing more inspiring or beautiful than watching the human spirit in times of need.
What I love most about yoga is: For me, Yoga insists that I look inward. It challenges my thought patterns, my beliefs, and my energy. Yoga is the mirror that reminds me to live my truth.
What you can’t live without? My family, my spirituality, my values and my freedom that allows me to have all of that. And if we are really being honest, chocolate too.
What you might not know about me: I am an Independently Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I oversee a large mental health treatment facility for adolescents in Framingham, MA.
Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?): "Everyone has a story that you know nothing about". This advice came from Shawn Shaw during my yoga training and I have repeated it 1000 times since. It reminds to slow down, suspend judgement, be aware of my ego and respond with compassion in all situations.
Favorite Book: This question is always so hard! I would say "I Know This Much Is True" by Wally Lamb or The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho
Favorite Word: Surrender
Local escape: My backyard because its filled with beautiful hiking trails
My favorite thing to do(other than yoga): Spending time outdoors with my two beautiful twins, cooking, reading and taking photos.
Favorite inspirational quote: Depends on what day you ask me really. I have so many! As of late, “Dance in the Rain”. It implies that we can find good in all things.
When/where/with who was your first yoga class? Quincy, MA – in 1980 at the local YMCA. It was the first time I realized that I could bring calm and peace into my being.
What / who inspires you? My children, Yoga teachers that stay genuine and true and committed to the practice.
What I love most about yoga is: Yoga not only helps me feel more confident physically, it strengthens me spiritually. I walk through life with more confidence, optimism, self awareness and with a more positive joyful attitude.
What you can’t live without? My children. They are my greatest teachers and no one can make my belly laugh the way they do.
What you might not know about me: I once was a Color Guard in a Marching Band.
Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?): “Make it Good”. Whenever I find myself having an especially bad day, I try to pause and think about what’s gone well that day. What happened that was good. What’s good about my life. When I do I find it shifts my whole perspective.
My favorite book: Again, so many! A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield, and “How Yoga Works” by Christie McNally and Michael Roach
Favorite Word: “Grace”
Local escape: Hopkinton State Park
My favorite thing to do(other than yoga): Watching the sunset preferably by the ocean.