I started yoga in utero. My hippy parents recall the pivotal cat/cow poses right before my birth. After a two decade hiatus, I walked into a Hatha class at my gym in San Francisco. The junction of yoga and Western exercise initialed a personal, professional and academic path through the Costa Rican jungles, teaching at a women’s prision and training students of all stripes. As the In-House Yogi at Clif Bar & Company, I primarily teach in the boisterous clubhouse we call the employee gym.
My philosophy all boils down to a simple practice: Stay calm and flirt with your limits. Push the boundaries and question restrictions without freaking out: That’s it! Okay, admittedly that’s a little easier said than done. Despite the inevibale obstacles figure out how to move on.
As the chubby girl last picked for the dodgeball team, I never excelled as a athlete or dancer. When I rediscovered yoga something started to shift and I felt more at home in my skin. As I explored fitness and fueled myself with health food, my body and attitude changed. I’ve sustained an approximate 40 lb. weight loss for several years. I never counted a single calorie or achieved a bikini body. Occasionally I weigh myself but find the scale a limited tool of self-reflection. I’ve significantly shapeshifted my body. More importantly, I reshaped my perspective.
To understand our actions, let’s examine our stories. Surrounded by all the tales of weigh loss, I’m ready to share mine. I firmly believe:
- Sustainable health and compelling beauty can never be build on a foundation of self-loathing.
- Joyful expression of your unique human genome is a birthright.
- Movement is medicine. We need to find potent dosages without side effects.
- Hot pink is my power color. (I may actually lift heavier weights when I’m wearing fuchsia.)
After convincing students to twist into weird shapes, I try to sit still and write. I teach two public classes a week and am available for workshops or speaking gigs. My blog and forthcoming book offer up a new take on fitness and health.
Let’s incite (a) movement.