Jodi answers 7 questions...
1. Why did you start yoga?
I started practicing consistently about two years ago because of a back injury. While at physical therapy, I realized that every stretch was a yoga pose and decided that yoga was definitely what my body needed. It didn’t take long for me to discover that it was what my mind and spirit needed too.
2. Was it love at first sight?
It wasn’t love at first sight. I started many different times in my life but it just didn’t quite fit. I feel like yoga was searching for me, but I wasn’t ready to embrace it right away. Something clicked at Yoga Culture. Now I cherish every moment that I get to practice everywhere.
3. Who are your favorite teachers?
My favorite cyber teacher is Jason Crandall. I actually got to take his class in San Francisco recently. I was so excited that my husband likened the experience to a Beatles concert. I like Jason’s attention to alignment, his tone, his pace, and his focus on mindfulness. My other favorite cyber teacher, Dice Ida Klein, my middle school students call my “pixelated boyfriend”. Dice has a ton of energy and inspires me to work on being upside down! My actual flesh and blood favorite teachers are the teachers at Yoga Culture. I have been to many other studios since starting at Yoga Culture and I always learn something new there, but the teachers here are special. They are mindful. They have purpose and intention. They focus on alignment and precision of movement. These teachers are dedicated, intelligent, thoughtful, spiritual, and all very different, but something about them is the same. Maybe you know what I mean.
4. What does “being a constant student” mean to you?
I feel like I learn something new every day, especially from my children and my students. There is always a new perspective to discover.
5. What is your favorite pose?
The first pose that pops into my head is Half Moon, Ardha Chandrasana. I can’t really explain it, but I feel alive in this pose. Every time I know the teacher is leading us there, I literally smile. Maybe as Iyengar explains it, I feel so properly aligned in this pose that I feel the alignment of my mind, self, and intelligence. And maybe, just maybe, I come close to that enlightenment he describes. But only when I’m in the pose on the left.
6. What is your favorite band?
I’m having a really hard time answering this question. I guess if I had to pick one, I keep coming back to the Counting Crows.
7. What movie can you watch over and over again?
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory