What do you do best?
I've always been very intuitive and after 18 years of teaching and studying bodies and body language I am able to quickly read a room of students and take the temperature. I adapt quickly and think on my feet which allows me to serve the needs of who is in front of me rather than pushing my own agenda.
What makes you the best?
Not thinking I'm the best.
What are your aspirations?
I want to stay curious and continue to learn. I'm interested in so many things, there's not enough time in the day to read everything, to see everything, to engage with the world on so many levels.
I'm working on a book about losing my family; my brother and my father to suicide; 1996 and 2004 respectively, followed by my mother in 2007 (heart failure).
In 2011 I hit an emotional bottom and realized I had been abusing prescription drugs and alcohol as a way to avoid dealing with the trauma. I was teaching yoga classes and yoga teacher trainings; which included mentoring new teachers. Essentially, I led a double like. I felt like a fraud and was filled with shame. Sharing my experiences in recovery is something that I've been afraid to do but I know it's important to show that side of myself.
Letting go of the need to be "the best" and learning that supporting people, rather than competing with them, makes me a much happier and satisfied human being. I truly want others to succeed! Sutra 1.33 starts off with "Be happy for the happy.." This was not always the case.
Most Challenging Moment?
Oh man, there have been so many. The one that most quickly comes to mind is the moment (and I continue to have these moments all the time) when I let go of trying to control the outcome. Specifically the moment when I realized I'd been beaten and if I didn't stop abusing alcohol and drugs, I was going to kill myself.