Name: Maya Pagán

Favorite yoga pose:  I go through phases. Sometimes it's a pose that's been eluding me, and I am just determined to get it. Other times my favorite pose is one that I slip into with ease like hanging out with an old friend. Right now I'm enjoying Trikonasana (extended triangle). I feel like I am reaching new places of leaning into it with micro adjustments.

Yoga is... always there for me.

What do you love most about yoga?  I love that yoga is fluid and always evolving for me.  I often use it as a barometer for where I am in life, since each time I come to my mat is unique.

What do you like to do off the yoga mat?
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends... you know my favorite people!  The favorite ways are simple- cooking a beautiful meal and lingering over long conversations or walking on our favorite trails and discovering what the season has to offer. I grew up in California, and although I miss the constant warm weather, I really love Ithaca's distinct four seasons.

What's fuels you?   Creativity and art. Working with my hands to make something is a form of meditation for me.

My NON-guilty pleasure is. . . a long hot soak on a cold winter night. Although I've been known to draw a bath any time of year.

What makes you Mighty?
My enthusiasm! Whatever and whomever is important to me, I celebrate with everything I have!

What’s your yoga story?  How did you start practicing?
Although I have done yoga at different points in my life, my regular practice developed during the hardest time in my life. I was at an unexpected transition, and I desperately needed an anchor to keep me steady. One class a week quickly multiplied when I recognized that yoga was helping me to relax and stay grounded even beyond the mat. And then I discovered Mighty and I felt like I had found something more than just inspiring classes... a wonderful community too!

What's the best advice you've ever received?
Yesterday is over. Tomorrow has not arrived. Now is all that really exists so surrender to it and cherish it.