Meet Newest Mighty Teacher - Sophie!

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How did you get introduced to Yoga?

I started practicing yoga in college to decompress and relieve stress. I also had numerous injuries from dance training and was trying to find an alignment focused technique to help heal my body. I started in the Ashtanga method which I loved and then branched out into Vinyasa Flow and Anusara styles to continue deepening my knowledge base. All these styles helped me heal in different ways.

What do you like about Power Vinyasa Flow?

I enjoy the diversity and ability to be spontaneous in a Vinyasa flow. Modifications are readily available and everyone can work to their own ability.

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

Exponentially! And it is constantly evolving. The more I deepen in my practice the more I realize there is always more to learn and something new to try, I love that!!

Why did you decide to teach Yoga?

I initially decided to teach because I wanted to bring the stress relieving aspects of yoga to the veterinary community while I was in vet school. Being an academic town, there are a lot of chronically stressed individuals going through life as a struggle. There will always be difficult times that arise, but to have the skills to ride those waves with grace is a true skill that takes practice. That is what I would like to offer my students.

Any tips for someone new to Yoga?

Your practice is your practice! No one will ever know you like you know you, and you get to decide what is right for you. I can totally see why the practice can look intimidating, but realize everyone is working to their own ability. We can support each other in community and simultaneously realize that all our thoughts, words, and actions will have consequences on everyone we interact with. Yoga can foster the skill of a mindful practice not only on the mat, but out in the world.

What is your favorite pose or poses? Why?

I love inversions particularly handstand and headstand. Going upside-down often feels like a reset button for me.

What do you like to do off the yoga mat?

Anything on, near, or in water which includes stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, and swimming (preferably all of the above with my dog). Playing with my pup! Dancing as much as possible and making music.

What fuels you?

Beautiful food, which we have in abundance in the Finger Lakes, time with my two and four-legged family, and being immersed in nature as often as possible.