Meet New Mighty Teacher Astrid!

How did you get introduced to Yoga?

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Although I was living on the island of St. John in the Caribbean, I was feeling stressed about some things in my life. My husband suggested I try yoga, and as I learned a bit more about it, I thought it sounded like a great way to both calm and center my mind while getting a physical workout.  It seemed like a 2 for 1 and thus a great use of my time as a young mother.  Luckily there was a yoga studio on the island, so I started going there and was instantly hooked.

What do you like about Power Vinyasa Flow?

Because of the constant and precise movement, synchronized with my breath, I really have to keep my mind focused when I’m moving through a vinyasa flow.  The result of that, combined with the physical effort, is a great sense of release.  For me it’s a moving meditation which always makes me feeler calmer and more at ease in my mind, body and heart.
 

How has your Yoga changed since the first time you practiced?

Well, I’m certainly more familiar with the poses and all of their many modifications so I don’t have to focus so much on building strength and flexibility or the foundational alignment.  Now it’s more about fine tuning the poses that feel like old friends to me at this point.  I don’t have to strategize as much about which poses I should practice as my body just seems to know what it needs.  And while I do focus on keeping up with my strength and flexibility, I’m more inclined to relax and practice more meditative poses these days.  That’s why I still need to go to class from time to time – so I don’t get lazy!

Why did you decide to teach Yoga?

I took a teacher training because I wanted to delve deeper into the philosophical underpinnings of yoga.  But the training encompassed so much more and once I had all that knowledge I wanted to keep sharing it.  It’s also a very catchy feeling to be able to make people feel so good!

Any tips for someone new to Yoga?

Get on a mat, take classes with different people, watch what others are doing and be patient with yourself.  Go to a few classes as regularly as possible so that your body starts to learn the movements and, before you know it,  you’ll be feeling stronger and more flexible and be flowing with your breath.  I’d also encourage people to read books about any aspect of yoga to broaden their perspective of the practice and philosophy, as it will deepen the experience on the mat.

What is your favorite pose or poses?

I go through phases, usually months at a time, when a certain pose captures my attention.  For a long time it was Trikonasa because I relished the stretch around my hips and then it was Ardha Chandrasana because I enjoyed the challenge of the balance, combined with the effort of the alignment.  Garudasana has been a long standing favorite as it strengthens my legs, stretches my upper back and is a great balancing challenge--but mostly I love the imagery of being an eagle perched on a cliff looking down at a field with intense focus while it searches for prey.  And then I like to have fun unwinding and lifting my wings as if preparing for take off to soar across the great blue sky :)   

What do you like to do off the yoga mat?

Walk in the woods with my dog named Badger; plant and harvest herbs in my garden; cook healthy food and eat it with friends; draw and paint yantras; and travel and discover new places, people, sights and sounds.  

What fuels you?

Good friends, good conversation, learning just about anything new, a good view, sunshine, figuring out a challenge that has a worthy cause, music with a good beat, dancing, and banana milkshakes with honey and extra vanilla are among my top 10.

What makes you Mighty?

Having an empathetic heart that wants to see joy in the world and for everyone to succeed and live to their maximum potential.  Also, I can rock a pretty mighty and flighty Tittibhasana (Firefly pose) on most days :)