I stumbled upon my first yoga class 15 years ago. It was Ashtanga and I was hooked. The teacher told us over and over again to lose our egos in class. That it’s not about fancy poses or comparing yourself to the person standing next to you. And that is one of the things I still really love about yoga practice; it’s not meant to be competitive. It doesn’t matter how flexible your body is or isn’t. Yoga is for every body and for everybody. My main education is from Sivananda Ashram Bahamas, which I would say is more of a spiritual bootcamp than just a mere yoga retreat center. It focuses on yogic philosophy and lifestyle. In the west we often think of yoga as only the asana practice, when in fact it is only a small part of it. I always try to incorporate some of these teachings and ideas into my classes. In my classes I focus on alignment, on proper breathing and on creating a safe space for reflection and meditation.