Today I was featured on Nossa Company's website and for the feature I was asked some great questions that really got me thinking about who I am as a yoga teacher.
One of the questions they asked me was "What is Your Mission?". I thought long and hard about this one and here is what I came up with:
My mission is to use yoga to empower people to be their best selves by asking them to ‘inhabit your body’. As a women’s rights activist, I see yoga as a valuable tool in helping women with confidence, self esteem and belief in their own ability to do hard things and the same to help men discover their power in softness, self discovery and their ability to do hard things. I do not believe in a strict gender binary, rather, I believe that yoga really does give every person whatever he or she needs. To this end, I teach currently or have taught in the past at battered women’s shelters, eating disorder clinics, rehab facilities and public high schools. I have also been able to work with martial artists, medical students, sorority girls, cyclists, rock climbers and those recovering from PTSD. I am a volunteer for a great organization called yogaforpeople that connects yoga teachers with groups that need yoga but may or may not be able to afford it. I love that in teaching yoga I have been able to see people from all walks of life and suffering from all different kinds of life’s troubles, come to yoga and find something. Maybe it’s peace, or strength or quiet, or simply more comfort in your own skin. This is where my ‘inhabit your body’ line comes from. My belief is that through yoga, each person can get more in touch with their true selves and as a result they will treat themselves and everyone around them better. I do not know the right thing for each person, but I believe each person can find their truth by tuning in and inhabiting their own mind, body and spirit. And I know I can help in that process.
To read the full feature about my hopes and dreams, influences and background, head over to Nossa Company.