More about Lori…
For a job, Lori is an education researcher at NYU. She came to Yogamaya out of curiosity!…
“I have to admit, because I am naturally flexible, I felt like I was “good” at yoga. I quickly discovered that flexibility doesn’t get you very far without strength where asana (the physical practice) was concerned. As my practice developed, I realized there was so much more to yoga than asana. I learned about bhakti, karma, and jnana yoga from the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali’s 8 limbs of yoga from the Yoga Sutra. So many aspects of yoga appeal to me, as does the variety of yoga studios and classes. I’ve sampled classes in all of the places I’ve lived in the past 10 years – DC, San Fran, Charlottesville, London – and found studios that met me where I was and helped guide me along my yogic path. By the time I moved to NYC, I sought a studio that embraced a holistic approach to yoga and went to a lot of different studios to find a yogic home. Yogamaya was the second studio I visited and although I fell in love, I continued to “see other studios.” I couldn’t wait to return to the warm welcome I felt at the beautiful, sunlit studio and quickly became a regular at Yogamaya.” (we love that!)
“My first yoga class was 10 years ago, but my yoga practice really started four years ago. Quite simply, I’ve always left class feeling better than when I came in, so I practice regularly. At Yogamaya especially, teachers create beautiful sequences that move us into the same asanas from different approaches, making the poses feel both fresh and familiar.”
We all have our favorite asana’s and ones that challenge us!
“I feel expansive and open when in Natarajasana (Dancer’s pose), especially when on top of a mountain in Palm Springs! It’s a pose that just feels pretty. I struggle with balance, especially on my left leg after ACL reconstruction, so poses like Ardha Chadrasana (Half Moon) really challenge me. Some days I feel weaker, other days I feel stronger, but balance poses like Half Moon always heighten my awareness of how my body feels.”
I asked Lori what was the best thing that ever happened to her: “Bryn, I have no simple answer for this question…”
Editors Note: Lori is extremely friendly & intelligent. Feel free to strike up a conversation w/ her when you see her around the studio.. Usually she is there after work hours!