Yoga Instructor

Yoga Instructor

JYogi

9 Years Experience

Delray Beach, FL

Female, 34

I'm a certified yoga instructor specializing in Bikram Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Children's Yoga. My style of teaching emphasizes a safe, supportive environment in which students can explore, be challenged, and find their own inner teacher. I want students to emerge from the classes feeling relaxed, open and alive. Ask me anything about yoga. Anything!

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Last Answer on September 05, 2017

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Are there any particular brands of yoga mats that you think are head & shoulders above the rest, or are they pretty interchangeable?

Asked by Jake over 12 years ago

I am a huge advocate of the Jade Mat. It is the best of the best.

I always have trouble 'clearing my mind' when I'm in class and the instructor tells us to let our daily stress wash away. If anything it makes me think MORE about the day's stress. You have any tips to find the 'inner peace' that I guess I'm supposed to be finding?

Asked by ommmmmmmmmm over 12 years ago

Rather than focusing on "clearing your mind" and what "you should be able to do", work on the acknowledgement of your thoughts. Being fully present in them, and work towards letting them pass. It is the intention. Some days the mind will be racing, and some it won't. It's just YOGA!

What's the best way to avoid a heat stroke or something similar during bikram? Seems as though keeping hydrated is an obvious answer, but I wonder how much water is too little or too much. Also, I normally do yoga on an empty stomach. As for bikram, what do you recommend when it comes to eating? Before or after?

Asked by rh24 over 12 years ago

I personally know people that don't eat 3 hours before class, and a small amount of folks that can eat before class. That being said; I myself must have an empty stomach because there are so many poses with tremendous compression on the abdomen. Heat stroke is unlikely when you're hydrated, but what becomes more essential are your electrolyte's. Potassium, Sodium and Magnesium are what we lose the most in the hot yoga room. Drinking water and replenishing those electrolyte's are essential to a strong practice, and recovery. I recommend coconut water, and some sort of electrolyte replenisher. I use "Ultima Replenisher" at my studio's. There are a few others.

What was your path from practitioner to teacher?

Asked by RonaLuv over 12 years ago

It actually started because of an injury I got from running. My knee was hurt, and it became very difficult to walk or do cardiovascular activity. A friend of mine recommended a studio in Manhattan that was donation-based. I liked the concept and had heard that yoga could really help the process of healing my knee. This specific studio really resonated with me particularly because of their philosophy. It was important to me at that time in my life to attend a studio that didn't impose any certain spiritual practice, and being supported in that space. The teachers were very supportive both physically and (if needed) emotionally. My journey was transformative for my life, and I wanted to share that with the world. I wanted people to discover that many of the answers to the questions we have are found within the wisdom of our own bodies.

Have you ever had to use the restroom so badly that you had to leave a class you were in the middle of teaching? Were the students cool about it, or did they complain that it threw off their practice?

Asked by Haley over 12 years ago

Very funny. Yes, it has happened once. However, I had the wherewithal to hold it until the appropriate time in class. There were no complaints that I heard about.

What's your primary motivation as an instructor?

Asked by TrishAgain over 12 years ago

Making an impact on the student, the student equally making an impact on me and ultimately how it impacts the world. This is what continues to remind me that we are all teachers, and we all have huge hills to climb.

Do you get a lot of creepy guys in your classes who are clearly there just to hit on women? Have you ever had to kick a guy out or ban him because of that?

Asked by Giggity over 11 years ago

I'm sure there are plenty of guys who come to yoga, knowing that there will be women (and attractive ones) in class. No I have never had to kick a guy out for inappropriate behavior towards women. I have had men coming in, wearing only underwear though! I had to ask them to change, or leave.