Twist Tribe

About our Twist Yoga yogisOur Twist Tribe is an inspiring, heartwarming, glowing, and totally fabulous family. They each bring something unique and special to the mat.
About our Twist Yoga Yogis
Sometimes, we end a class with belly laughs, and other times, with tears in our eyes.

But, every time, the energy created and shared is sacred.

TWIST TRIBE TRIVIA is a way to share a bit more about our yogis. Our intention is to cultivate deeper understanding of what makes them tick, love, and laugh. Namaste.


Please welcome our next TWIST TRIBESman, (and Yoga Teacher) Jordan Castellanos
About our Twist Yoga yogis

 

Q: What brought you to the mat most recently?

A: When I roll out my mat, I get to tap in to self inquiry and recognize what is needed as a direction for my practice that day. Most recently the ability to expand and contract through breath in a sequence advancing towards hanumanasana (splits). This is a difficult pose for me and has been dismissed in my practice because it unveils the asymmetries of strength and flexibility in my physical body. When we feel we are incapable, we can remind ourselves of the courage and fortitude that already lies within us. The mythological story of hanuman reminds me that great things are possible as long as you have gusto in your journey towards the sun!

Q: What is one of the most important lesson your yoga practice has taught you?
A: My practice on the mat has taught me how to be present off the mat. To be absorbed in each moment as if the next moment will unfold at its own graceful volition. What we do now determines the next moment, and acting mindfully through life’s transitions keeps me grounded and with positive perception.

Q: What is your go to post or pre-yoga snack?
A: Cashews for pre, and usually turmeric eggs with avocado after. Unless it’s an evening practice then maybe it’s beer.

Q: Do you have a “unicorn pose”? A unicorn pose is one that you feel alludes you and one that you dream about!
A: I believe in yoga for the individual, and that everyone has shapes that may not work with their bodies. I have many poses that I continue to work at but the one that remains out of reach would be Padmasana or full lotus. It’s like Pattabhi Jois says though: practice, practice, practice, and all is coming!

Q: Imagine your most amazing dinner party. What would be served at it and what three guest would you invite ? What would you wear?
A: My perfect dinner party would be catered with Sushi and Thai food. I would invite my brother and 2 best friends, and would probably wear a tank top and board shorts because I’m from SoCal and why not be comfortable?

Q: What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: I was in 2 bands down in California where I played bass for one, and sang for the other. Being on stage was definitely an experience I would never trade — hich is why the dynamics of music are such a huge part of my yoga practice!


 

Please welcome our next TWIST TRIBESwoman, Stephanie O’Bryant

About our Twist Yoga yogisStephanie was born and raised in Minnesota and up until ten months ago, she had lived there her entire life. In September, her husband Brandon, their cat, Sassy, and Stephanie took a leap of faith and moved from Minneapolis to Oregon for her job. They live in Tigard and are enjoying their first spring in Oregon!

She now has the privilege of working at a winery in the Willamette Valley, where she is an executive assistant and also handle payroll and benefits. She loves seeing the views of the mountains and vineyards from the Dundee Hills every morning.

Q: What brought you to the mat most recently?

A: I was a serious runner the last few years, finding my calm in training for races or marathons. The intensity of training left me with multiple injuries and unable to continue running at that level. Yoga has not only helped with healing the stubborn injuries, but bringing my mind back into that calm I found with running. Today, it really is the hour I take for myself most days to breathe, focus and not think about the past or a busy work day ahead.

Q: What is one of the most important lesson your yoga practice has taught you?
A: Gratitude and non-judgement

Q: What is your go to post or pre-yoga snack?
A: After a 5:30AM class, coffee 😊

Q: Do you have a “unicorn pose”? A unicorn pose is one that you feel alludes you and one that you dream about!
A: Probably wheel pose. I’m confident I’ll get it one day, but right now my arms aren’t going there!

Q: Imagine your most amazing dinner party. What would be served at it and what three guest would you invite ? What would you wear?
A: Definitely husband, mom/dad and brother. I don’t have any favorites, but cooking something together, especially in the summer, is always what makes it amazing. There would of course be plenty of Oregon Pinot Noir served!

Q: What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: I took ballet, tap and jazz classes from a very young age until I graduated from high school.


Please welcome our next TWIST TRIBESwoman, Traci Daskalos

DaskTraci was born in Southern Oregon and raised in Roseburg.  She has lived in Portland since graduating from college in 1994.  She met her fabulous husband, Matt,  in high school and has been married for 20 years.  She started working right out of college in the human resources field and ended up at OHSU for more than 10 years in HR Management.  Matt finished medical school in CA, and then completed his residency here in Portland and they worked and lived in downtown Portland for years.  After 7 years of marriage, they thought – life can’t be that complicated having a kid – let’s try!  Now living the fast paced life of three busy kids … Hunter, Piper and & Georgia.
Traci has now moved onto a more creative career as an interior designer.  It just might be the best job ever!  It provides flexibility so she is able to work while the kids are at school, raise money for brain cancer, and spend half her life in the car taking the kids to activities.

Q: What brought you to the mat most recently?
A: I go to yoga for the calm and peace it brings to my mind. My dad use to say to me, “don’t let the stuff take up space in your brain.” Yoga allows me to decompress and release the stuff that complicates my life. The warmth, instructors and my dear friend Michelle (we are partners in crime at Twist) are all the bonus of going to yoga. It fills me up with a good mental mind frame and the workout leaves me sweaty and physically exhausted – in a good way

Q: What is one of the most important lesson your yoga practice has taught you?
A: That the breath you take is just as important as the pose. I am not super flexible and after many classes, still can’t say that I am, but I now realize I don’t have to be. And that the final savasana allows me to be in my moment and set my intention for how I want to make my day.

Q: What is your go to post or pre-yoga snack?
A: I go to many of the 5:30 & 6am classes, so I don’t eat before. I am a huge breakfast mom – ask my kids – I stuff them full with fruit, eggs and anything else I can force them to eat before they start their day. I typically eat eggs and a banana after I workout. I am also a coffee lover – thank you Blue Moon for being so close. A large soy latte is my after yoga treat

Q: Do you have a “unicorn pose”? A unicorn pose is one that you feel alludes you and one that you dream about!
A: A head stand. I would love to conquer this one.

Q: Imagine your most amazing dinner party. What would be served at it and what three guest would you invite ? What would you wear?
A: Sushi and Domaine Serene 2012 Pinot Noir. Top that with bread pudding as my dessert and life would complete. My best dinner party guests would have to be my kids and Matt. It takes such a partnership raising these kids, I often forget how lucky I am to be with someone who sacrifices everything to make my life pretty damn wonderful. Oh, and I wouldn’t mind if Chris Martin from Coldplay joined our family dinner party too! He could serenade me with the song “Yellow”!

Q: What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: That I secretly love listening to Justin Bieber and reading trashy magazines!


 

Please welcome our next TWIST TRIBESwoman, Emily Lopez

emilyEmily was born and raised in Portland and has lived in the Portland area for all but 3 years of her life. She’s been married for 10 years to her loving husband, Jose, and they have two “amazing, smart and funny” little boys (Alex, 7 and Jack, 4). Emily feels incredibly lucky to be their mom, and experience life through their eyes as they grow up. She’s a stay-at-home mom and enjoys volunteering at her boys’ school. She’s also hoping to start a small bakery business soon. She has always loved baking and is slightly obsessed with mini cupcakes!

Q: What brought you to the mat most recently?
A: Yoga is the only form of exercise where I leave feeling both physically worked out and mentally rested – this is what brings me to the mat every time.

Q: What is one of the most important lesson your yoga practice has taught you?
A: Yoga teaches me to slow down and shut off my brain for a while – instead of thinking about what I have to do that day or what’s coming up next it causes me to relax and focus on my health and well-being for the hour I’m there. It is such a great balance for me because I tend to be in overdrive during the rest of my day.

Q: What is your go to post or pre-yoga snack?
A: I usually go to the 5:30 classes, so I don’t do a pre-yoga snack. But afterwards I enjoy a Kind healthy grains bar. :)

Q: Do you have a “unicorn pose”? A unicorn pose is one that you feel alludes you and one that you dream about!
A: Hmmm, I feel like there are several unicorn poses for me since I’m not naturally flexible! But I think it would be nice to accomplish a headstand at some point.

Q: Imagine your most amazing dinner party. What would be served at it and what three guest would you invite ? What would you wear?
A: My idea of an ideal dinner party is one where I get to cook all day (cooking makes me happy). The menu would include appetizers, dinner and dessert that match whatever party theme I come up with when I’m planning. I don’t know that I could narrow it down to 3 guests – I like a big party! Let’s say my 3 would always include a mix of family and friends because as long as I’m surrounded by people I love, I’m happy.

Q: What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: I have made 4 wedding dresses completely from scratch.


 

Please welcome our next TWIST TRIBESwoman, Amy Radich

amyAmy was born in the beautiful sunny Southern California, and in the 6th grade moved to the rainy and grey blooming city of Astoria, Oregon. After graduating high school, she took off to college at Oregon State University where she studied Speech Communications and Marketing. Following college, Amy hit the technology boom market and spent nearly 10 years at public relations firm Waggener Edstrom.
After maternity leave, she longed for something a bit more creative and out of her comfort zone, but a passion — FASHION PR. Her time at a GERMAN handbag company, (she ran PR/SALES in America) introduced her to the world of fashion up close, and she longed to explore her own business. One year ago this month, ELLA+RUBI (www.ellaandrubi.com) was launched with her business partner and friend Dani Juhala. Their site curates fashion goods from around the world; in hopes of taking the big brand look out fashions everyday look. They strive for the uncommon, the pieces that will be the envy of others, goods that tell a story or give back to a cause, and will allow each fashionlover to be true to themselves!
She has been married to Mark for 19 years and we have one son, Will, who is a 6th grader at Lake Oswego Junior High.

Q: What brought you to the mat most recently?
A: Honestly, to warm up and refocus. The holidays get so crazy and “list heavy” visiting my mat once or twice a week allows me that hour to regroup and forget about my TO DO list!

Q: What is one of the most important lesson your yoga practice has taught you?
A: To focus on what matters and let the things we can’t control wash away.

Q: What is your go to post or pre-yoga snack?
A: Normally I practice on an empty stomach. It’s make me feel lighter! After class I load up on water and a small portion of protein — some almonds, an egg or avocado and a banana.

Q: Do you have a “unicorn pose”? A unicorn pose is one that you feel alludes you and one that you dream about!
A: Anything that uses a lot of hamstring flexibility! Between running and cycling, my poor hamstrings are really tight. One pose that makes me cringe when Jamie or Alli calls it out is revolved half-moon.

Q: Imagine your most amazing dinner party. What would be served at it and what three guest would you invite ? What would you wear?
A: Anybody who knows me knows that I’m not a huge cook, but I can make an amazing spread of appetizers or grill anything! So it would be an outdoor/backyard evening with my 3 favorite men in heaven. Would love nothing more then to share a beer with each of them!

Q: What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: That I was an extra in both Goonies and Kindergarten Cop, but unfortunately didn’t make the cut :) But, it was a fun experience.


 

Please welcome our next TWIST TRIBESman, Brett Darrow
brettBrett was born and raised in Portland, OR spent the last 17 years in Scottsdale, AZ. He moved back to beautiful Lake Oswego eight months ago. He’s a Founder and Executive of three separate Internet software companies, and a  passionate geek and serial entrepreneur. He’s also the proud father of two amazing young men — Logan 19 and Daniel 18 from a previous marriage. He now has “the honor and privilege to be bonus Dad to Benjamin, 2.5 years old, with the love of my life Shannon.” ***We feel extra blessed to have Shannon in our twist Tribe, too!***

Q: What brought you to the mat most recently?
A: I had gone to yoga a handful of times in Scottsdale but made it part of my weekly routine once I moved back to Oregon. Twist has become my sanctuary. Thank you!

Q: What is one of the most important lesson your yoga practice has taught you?
A: Yoga keeps me in the now. Life is hard and we can easily get distracted. Yoga allows me to enjoy today.

Q: What is your go to post or pre-yoga snack?
A: Easy question. Freshii! Post yoga every time.

Q: Do you have a “unicorn pose”? A unicorn pose is one that you feel alludes you and one that you dream about!
A: All of them!

Q: Imagine your most amazing dinner party. What would be served at it and what three guest would you invite ? What would you wear?
A: Steak, Lobster, asparagus and a bottle of Kelham Cab; with my three boys Logan, Daniel and Benjamin, and my soulmate Shannon.

Q: What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: That I can get 20 items for $100 at Old Navy!

 


 

Please welcome our next TWIST TRIBESwoman, Tiffany Larsson

Tiff TribeTiffany is the Publisher of Lake Oswego LIVING and Westlake LIVING magazines, which are monthly social publications, intended to help foster a greater sense of community amongst those who call these areas home.  She currently works with over 90 local businesses in the surrounding area to help increase their opportunities amongst the residents these publications serve.

Tiffany is from Kentucky, and an avid KY Wildcat Basketball fan!  She lives in Lake Oswego with her husband Chris and two energetic children, Makenna (9) and Cash (7).  She spends time volunteering at her children’s school, at Southlake Church, and also volunteers as a Chemo Pal with Children’s Cancer Association.  Their family loves to travel, especially to warm sunny destinations, be active together, and enjoys entertaining friends and extended family.

Q: What brought you to the mat most recently?
A: Stress relief and the desire to “be still” in my very active life

Q: What is one of the most important lesson your yoga practice has taught you?
A: Daily, mindful time for gratitude

Q: What is your go to post or pre-yoga snack?
A: Don’t think I have one 😉

Q: Do you have a “unicorn pose”? A unicorn pose is one that you feel alludes you and one that you dream about!
A: Side crow!

Q: Imagine your most amazing dinner party. What would be served at it and what three guest would you invite ? What would you wear?
A: Sushi and Sashimi made in my kitchen by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. The 3 friends that make me laugh the most. Cozy comfortable jeans and tee.

Q: What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: I can still do a back handspring at 42! 😉


Please welcome our next TWIST TRIBESwoman, Cyndi Calabria

cyndiCyndi grew up in Plymouth Meeting, PA, a small town outside of Philadelphia. Her first career was teaching. As her husband, Al, took the family to many places with his work, she wore many different hats. The first and most important one as a mom to her two awesome, now grown children, Gina and Adam. She was realtor for a few years in LO in the 1990’s, then a sales gal at Nordy’s. They returned to LO in 2008 to be near Adam and his wife Kelly and their darling “principessas”, Maria and Penny. Maria asked, “what do you do with your time as a retired person, Nonna?” Cyndi answered, “whatever I want to do!”  – that means making time for family and friends, travel, a little volunteering when in town, and of course as much yoga as possible! Her favorite trips are to San Diego to visit her daughter, Gina, and her family. She promises to come to class with Cyndi on her next visit here so she can meet all of you yogis!

Q: What brought you to the mat most recently?
A: I go to yoga because I can. It is a real gift to be physically well enough to achieve most of the poses I attempt, but I will confess to a few breaks on occasions. I have to be honest, I have so many friends who cannot get on the floor to play with their grandchildren. I am so very grateful that I can. I want to get on the floor to play with my great grandchildren! Yoga makes me strong. There is such a wonderful feeling of independence that comes with knowing I am strong enough to carry a sleeping child upstairs to bed, a ton of groceries from my car into my kitchen, or to lift my 47 pound suitcase up a flight of stairs to my room while traveling. I can do it. Yoga gives me that freedom.

Q: What is one of the most important lesson your yoga practice has taught you?
A: Yoga has taught me to not give up. There were times when I thought I was never going to make it through a particularly challenging class, or achieve a difficult asana. So my mantra is “never give up”. Winston Churchill said that at a momentous time in history: I borrow it daily.

Q: What is your go to post or pre-yoga snack?
A: Yogurt and fresh fruit with a slice of whole wheat bread is a perfect post yoga snack. I love to make homemade wheat bread from a recipe I have been using since the ’70’s. It’s the most delicious bread you have ever tasted!

Q: Do you have a “unicorn pose”? A unicorn pose is one that you feel alludes you and one that you dream about!
A: My unicorn pose, the one I most likely will not achieve in this lifetime, is handstand into chataranga. But as I said, I haven’t given up yet!

Q: Imagine your most amazing dinner party. What would be served at it and what three guest would you invite ? What would you wear?
A: Honestly, I have had amazing dinner parties with my children. I love the chatter and laughter. My husband is a funny guy and at a good family dinner, we are in stitches between the kids comments and Al’s commentary. There is nothing sweeter than being with my family. For fantasy purposes, I would love to have a party for Charles Krauthammer and Peggy Noonan and Imus. I would serve spaghetti and meatballs, made by my husband Al, who is nearly world-famous for his homemade sauce and meatballs! They would all be impressed and thus be charming , and fascinating conversationalists on thoroughly happy, full bellies. I would be wearing jeans.

Q: What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
A: People who know me would not be surprised by anything about me. I am an open book to all my family and friends. I may say too much sometimes, but you know I’m for real all the time. Through real estate and selling bras at Nordstrom, I never once sold a thing I didn’t think was a perfect fit. Integrity is my guiding principle, so what you see is what you get!


Please welcome our next TWIST TRIBESwoman, Antra Boyd

antraAntra was born and raised in Colorado. She moved to California after graduating from college to pursue a career in the United States Navy as a nurse. Cliche as it sounds, she fell in love and married an officer in the United States Marine Corps! They have been married for 15 years, have a daughter who is 14 and a son who is 11 — plus two dogs: a black lab and a chocolate lab. They moved to Oregon from California ten years ago and Antra works at Meridian Park Medical Center as an operating room nurse.

Q: What brought you to your mat recently?
A: Truthfully I started doing yoga after my mom passed away suddenly in 2012. She was constantly harassing me to try yoga and I guess after she passed, I felt it was a way to honor her.

Q: What is one of the most important lessons that your yoga practice has taught you?
A: Yoga has taught me the value of community, walking into the studio and always being greeted and hugged by lovely people is so heart warming. It has taught me patience and to slow down and breathe.

Q: What is your go-to post or pre-yoga snack?
A: I drink a lot of electrolyte water after yoga.

Q: Do you have a “unicorn pose”? (A unicorn pose is one that you feel alludes you and one that you dream about!)
A: I have a lot of “unicorn poses” at the moment. I would love to be able to do the splits and a full wheel.

Q: Imagine your most amazing dinner party. What would be served to eat, and what three guests would you invite?
A: I would sit right next to Atul Gawandi who is my hero in healthcare and author of some great books such as The Checklist Manifesto, and Being Mortal. I would also invite U2 (BEST BAND EVER) and it would be a perfect evening if my husband was there. We would eat gobs of pizza, drink a lot of good red wine, and I would wear something boho chic… It sounds like a crazy, random dream I might have….LOL

Q: What is one thing that people would be surprised to know about you?
A: People would be surprised to know that I am the oldest of ten children and that I am very close to every one of my siblings even though I am 20 years older than the youngest.

 


Please welcome our next TWIST TRIBEswoman, Colleen Schulteis

colleenColleen was born and raised in Hawaii. After living in Eugene, and spending a decade in the Bay Area, she and her husband (and fellow yogi) Eric decided to quit the rat race of the city, and find a simpler life in Portland with their young son, Nick. It’s been 23 years since, and the adventure continues. When she’s not on the mat, she designs gardens, travels to far-flung places, hikes, and spends time in the kitchen whipping up fabulous stuff with Eric. She’s also a recent grad of the Twist Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training program.

Q: What brought you to your mat recently?
A: I took my first yoga class in high school, dabbled with Kundalini yoga in college, but delved seriously into it just in the last four years. Aside from loving the physical challenge yoga provides, I practice at Twist because I learn something new in every class and from every teacher (and fellow student) whether it is deepening a posture or gaining a new awareness about myself, and as a result a new perspective on life in general. Sometimes it’s just a subtle shift in attitude but it can bring such clarity to the moment, which I often carry with me into the rest of the day.

Q: What is one of the most important lessons that your yoga practice has taught you?
A: Yoga has really boosted my confidence, not just physically in trying a new pose that’s maybe kind of scary, but in learning to let go of things that no longer serve me, and to trust myself. I feel like I live life just a little bit fuller these days and I’m more receptive to whatever gets tossed my way because I know I can handle it.

Q: What is your go-to post or pre-yoga snack?
A: I’m usually pretty hungry after yoga so I can eat just about anything. But my favorite is homemade granola with lots of nuts, seeds, toasted coconut, and ginger, which I then top with fresh berries and banana. I’ll eat it any time of the day.

Q: Do you have a “unicorn pose”? (A unicorn pose is one that you feel alludes you and one that you dream about!)
A: Handstand, someday! But if it’s not to be that’s okay, too.

Q: Imagine your most amazing dinner party. What would be served to eat, and what three guests would you invite?
A: My amazing dinner party would be out in the garden, with Morning Glory (my favorite restaurant in Vietnam) catering the event for my dear friends and family and special guests the Dalai Lama, Barack Obama (after he’s out of office so we can really dish), and the writer Anne Lamott to keep us laughing.

Q: What is one thing that people would be surprised to know about you?
A:I’m an avid New York Times crossword puzzler. Saturday’s puzzle? Bring it!


Please welcome our next TWIST TRIBEswoman, Judy Carter (aka Nonna)

judyJudy lived in Miami, Florida for 60 years until she and her husband, John, moved to Oregon to be close to their daughter (who happens to be Twist Yoga owner, Jennifer!) and her family. John and Judy were both teachers for over 30 years. They have two Austin Healeys (antique British cars) and enjoy the many car trips and good friends that share this hobby.

Q: What brought you to your mat recently?
A:  When I come to the mat, I am reminded that your mind and body continue to learn new things.

Q: What is one of the most important lessons that your yoga practice has taught you?
A: Yoga helps me to apply the feeling of ” zen” as I navigate through my day.

Q: What is your go-to post or pre-yoga snack?
A: After a relaxing Yin class, I look forward to a good glass of red wine before bed.

Q: Do you have a “unicorn pose”? (A unicorn pose is one that you feel alludes you and one that you dream about!)
A: I can imagine moving from down dog to low lunge. Although, I see it, it still is in the future.

Q: Imagine your most amazing dinner party. What would be served to eat, and what three guests would you invite?
A:  If I planned an amazing dinner party, I would invite Mario Batali to prepare his favorite recipe, and invite my guests to help him in the kitchen. Of course, I would invite my wonderful family because they are so important. A special guest would be “Elvis Presley” to remind me of my youth.

Q: What is one thing that people would be surprised to know about you?
A:  It might surprise people if they knew that I would love to go on a “dig” and unearth artifacts of an ancient civilization


 

Please welcome our first TWIST TRIBEsman, Michael Bosworth!

MichaelMichael was born Columbia, MO. He retired after 30+ years growing companies in the Silicon Valley and Silicon Forest. Now he spend time with his amazing wife, son, daughter, grandson and granddaughter.

Q: What brought you to your mat recently?
A: I discovered yoga 8 years ago at age 60. I practiced Bikram Yoga, and then various styles at Yoga Union, and now at Twist Yoga.

Q: What is one of the most important lessons that your yoga practice has taught you?
A: Through yoga, I have come to appreciate better the union of all things.

Q: What is your go-to post or pre-yoga snack?
A: Don’t tell anyone, but I love the new little cider bar (Uptown Market) next door to Twist Yoga.

Q: Do you have a “unicorn pose”? (A unicorn pose is one that you feel alludes you and one that you dream about!)
A: Free handstand, of course!

Q: Imagine your most amazing dinner party. What would be served to eat, and what three guests would you invite? 
A: My daughter Jennifer’s tiramisu with Abraham Lincoln, Barbara Tuchman (historian), and David Brooks (NYT columnist)

Q: What is one thing that people would be surprised to know about you?
A: I coach voice, play acoustic and bass guitars, plus some piano, and write my own music (soundcloud.com/michaelbosworth), while singing baritone in a men’s quartet, and starting a band.


 

We’re thrilled to host Erin Leichty as our very first TWIST TRIBEswoman.

Erin is a native Oregonian. She’s a full time artist, mom and dreamer. She’s passionate about loving and connecting with family, friends and her community. She also enjoys cooking fresh, healthy food, designing beautiful and functional homes, running in Tryon Creek, sweating it out in hot yoga. She is always seeking to find peace, beauty and inspiration in the chaos of everyday life. http://www.elmodernart.com

Q: What brought you to your mat recently?
A: I started hot yoga in August of 2014. My stress level was out of control during my divorce and I knew I needed a way to center myself so that I could remain stable and healthy for my children and family. Yoga has been a great way for me to challenge myself physically, remember to play, take time to be still and has introduced me to a whole new community of amazing, loving people.

Q: What is one of the most important lessons that your yoga practice has taught you?
A: Just like in life, you have to work little by little towards the things you want to achieve. You don’t just walk in on your first day and get to a handstand, full wheel or crow. You fall a lot (just ask the people who were unfortunate enough to be next to me those days)! Some days I crash land and other days it just all comes together, but there is always something more to work on and refine. You have to be willing to test your limits, find your edge, try again and again, until one day, even just for a second, you get some air! That is the best feeling ever!
There is not a class that goes by that I don’t have an “ah-ha” moment. All the postures that require you to find balance, stillness, strength, breathe into the tightness and then let it go, Everyday is a new day and you have to listen to your body to know what it needs and what it can do in that moment. I can begin class stressed out and frazzled or maybe crying and exhausted, but by the end I am always glad I came and I am renewed and re-inspired. I know I have already accomplished something great, I showed up! The great music, healing energy of the teachers and the love from all the students is always a highlight of my day!

Q: What is your go-to post or pre-yoga snack?
A: Salted cucumbers rounds topped with salmon, fresh basil, olive oil and sun gold tomatoes. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, it’s delish!!

Q: Do you have a “unicorn pose”? (A unicorn pose is one that you feel alludes you and one that you dream about!)
A: Yes! Handstand to chaturanga! I have seen some teachers glide effortlessly into this pose. I tried it and I now have a black and blue chin from my over enthusiastic launch. Keep the elbows in! I’ll keep trying…

Q: Imagine your most amazing dinner party. What would be served to eat, and what three guests would you invite? And, of course, what would you wear?
A: I would have a picnic with my kids (Jackson, 9 and Annika, 6). We would all wear our jammies and we would pull a big blanket onto the deck that overlooks our green space, and we would watch the birds dive and the squirrels chase. We’d share a soup filled with the seasons bounty, and lie on our backs, and watch the clouds go by. We’d dream and tell stories by the camp fire and share s’mores until the stars demand that we sleep.

Q: What is one thing that people would be surprised to know about you?
A: I have a deep fear of home decorating! Most people come over and ask when we moved in… 3 years ago. I would own no furniture and hang nothing on the walls if I could. I love clean and sparse. I love all that blankness so that I can dream about what it could be. Whenever I do commit, I just want to redo it again anyway!