B YOGA is located in Montauk and is taking over Lululemon in East Hampton this summer. I couldn't be more excited and honored to join the lineup of teachers at both of these locations. B Yoga is special to me because the teachers, the students, the feeling in the room is authentic. If you aren't comfortable being yourself, you are going to be forced to to practice it. There is no BS running around the room to help you cover your own BS. After taking a hiatus from teaching regular classes, the founders Anna Chung and Sarrah Strimel have inspired me in such a way that I am coming back to the platform of teacher. It is exciting to me and I thought I would post the questionnaire that is asked of all B Yoga teachers to fill out.
How did yoga find you?
The first time yoga found me I was in the 8th grade. My mom dragged me to a class on a cold winter’s night and the teacher Jackie Jackson lead us through an hour of poses that changed my life as I knew it. We never left the floor and I remember being in awe of that. I felt so completely different after the class and I felt like I hadn’t done a thing. She is a brilliant teacher.
The next time yoga found me I was a senior at Boston University majoring in Eastern Religion. I focused one of my final papers on the history of yoga and I went to as many different classes as I could. There is power in a diverse education. I studied as many different religions as I could and I have done the same with yoga.
Who are your teachers and influencers?
I did my first training with Jhon Tamayo of Atmananda Yoga in New York City. Jhon’s background is traditional Ashtanga and traditional Iyengar. He took the best of both and created his own sequence that blends the science of alignment with the romance of movement. This is the body of information I pull from during a vinyasa flow class.
Colleen Saidman and Rodney Yee. The second time I found yoga I was 16 and was sitting in the old Yoga Shanti on a hot summer morning. I had no idea what to expect but as soon as I felt the first OM, Chills rushed through my body and I was hooked for life. Colleen’s Jivamukti background coupled with Rodney’s expert Iyengar knowledge is a marriage of yoga that we are lucky to have in the Hamptons. Whenever I need inspiration in my practice I show up to their class and they always, always provide a perspective inside of me that I have not seen before.
Yogi Bhajan through the eyes of Jen Frasher, Gurujas, Guru Jagat, and Tej Kaur Khalsa. I took my first Kundalini class in college and it was so life altering and intense I knew I wasn’t ready. About 5 years ago Jen Frasher started bringing Kundalini into her classes and soon enough Kundalini became the base of my practice. When I am in LA or NYC I study with the teachers of RA MA and I am beyond grateful for their dedication. I resonate with the pace of this practice. When you are practicing it every single day your life speeds up. I enjoy this pace and the practice has the power to keep the pace for you when you get tired. All you have to do is show up. It is incredible.
Explain your teaching style in three words.
Honest. Compassionate. Joyful.
If you were a yoga pose, what pose would you be and why?
Headstand. The only thing that ever gets in our way is our perception of what we have and what we don’t have. Headstand turns everything upside down and gives an immediate opposite perspective. I find myself doing it around lunchtime when I am fed up with emails and to-do’s. It gives me the opportunity to come back to the place of gratitude for what is coming my way and see that it is all by my own design.
What’s your favorite song to flow to?
‘Hi Life’ by Monkey Safari (Cheeky Bold cover to be exact). It is a happy song that takes you on a journey. There are ups and there are downs in the song but the feeling is encompassed with joyful exploration.
Where would we find you on a Saturday night?
I am an extremist in all honesty. Maybe at The Surf Lodge or maybe on the couch watching Abstract: The Art of Design, my new favorite Netflix series. Watch it!
What’s your favorite word that starts with the letter B?
If your best friend were to write a book about you, what would it be called?
When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A writer and a quilter.
What’s your favorite thing to do in the water?
Surf!!! Oh the winter dreams of those warm summer days just in trunks go on and on.
What are your thoughts on rosé?
I like being with people when they are drinking it. I watch them enjoying it while I am sipping anéjo tequila.