Favorite inspirational quote: "Because you are alive, everything is possible." ~Thich Nhat Hanh
When/where/with who was your first yoga class? My first experience with Yoga was a Rodney Yee VHS tape. Everything changed after that, and I began to attend classes from there.
What / who inspires you? Music, family and friends.
What I love most about yoga is: The shift that occurs within my emotions, physical body and thoughts. The practice always leaves me feeling light and simple.
What you might not know about me: I've spent many years working as a professional bass player. I've performed and/or recorded throughout Western Europe, Japan and the U.S.
Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?): "Keep looking for the pretty notes"
My favorite book: Light on Life - B.K.S Iyengar.
Favorite Word: Breathe
Local escape: Trails in the woods near where I grew up. Beals Preserves. Part of the Southborough Open Land Foundation.
My favorite thing to do (other than yoga): I love to be creative. Whether it be creating new music or simply cooking a good meal.
Favorite inspirational quote: Magic strength is hidden in Love. It is the key which opens everything that is closed.
-May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be –
Favorite line from Saint Theresa’s Prayer
When/where/with who was your first yoga class? My first class was in 1999, at a local gym, with a woman named Christine. I was inspired and decided to deepen my practice at Flow Forms Yoga and later at Metro West Yoga Studio.
What / who inspires you? All my teachers that I have been blessed to have trained with, my husband, and my son and daughter because they continuously remind me to appreciate the little things in life, to laugh and to stay present to the moment. People who are courageous enough to be their personal best.
What I love most about yoga is: Yoga is endless….it will always be there for each and every one of us.
What you can’t live without? My beautiful family, sunshine, the beach and my sisters.
What you might not know about me: I love to sing and dance to my Latin music-instant joy!
Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?): If you can’t be truthful with yourself, who then, can you be truthful with – friend
My favorite book: Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
Favorite Word: Bliss
Local escape: The Railtrail in West Boylston, and Metro West Yoga
My favorite thing to do (other than yoga): Running and hugging my babies
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
Hometown: Easton, MA
Favorite Inspirational Quote: Everything is going to be ok.
When/where/with who was your first yoga class? South Boston, MA. I don’t remember the name of the studio but it closed in 2004. Jacqui Bonwell was my first teacher and is still my favorite teacher. How cool is that?
What/who inspires you? The vast abundance of amazing yoga teachers that are in the area, the funny funny people floating around on the internet, macro photography, bugs, bonsai, my home and everyone who lives there. Oh and reddit/awww.
What I love most about yoga is: Finding myself laughing at some silly podcast while sitting in traffic. 10 years ago I would have been simmering with frustration.
What you can’t live without? Don’t really have anything. I love my stuff and the people around me but I think the human spirit can carry on with any change. Ok I’d be really bummed out without pizza.
What you might not know about me: I fold towels and laundry really really well. Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?): My friend Aaron has given me so much that I cant even think of one thing.
My favorite book: Contact by Carl Sagan if you had to twist my arm, but Douglas Adams if I want to laugh.
Favorite Word: Luminous
Local Escape: Right now, Wingaersheek beach.
My favorite thing to do (other than yoga): Have a day that does not have anything scheduled.