The new yoga documentary Why We Breathe was created by filmmaker Jonathan Pears to answer everyone's questions about yoga and how it makes life more fulfilling and happier. I sat down with all the amazing yogis interviewed in Why We Breathe and asked them plain and simple: Why Yoga?
Because it feels good! It's literally the perfect balance of mind body and spirit for me.
Name one inspiring person you'd love to meet and what you'd ask.
Steve Jobs. I'd ask him what's on his iPod.
Dice Ilda Klein & Briohny Smyth
Because we LOVE it. We love that our practice encompasses so much and it caters to how we're feeling NOW. On days when we're feeling more physical, we bring on the heat with some handstands, inversions and backbends. On days when we feel more like grounding, we turn to pranayama and deep yin postures. Our practice helps us to become more aware of who we are to ourselves and to those around us. We know this is constantly changing…we know that our yoga practice is constantly changing. How awesome is that?!
If we didn't teach yoga ...
We'd be doing what we love anyway: practicing and being a student of yoga. Teaching is amazing because we get to share with so many amazing yogis around the world, but the vital portion of teaching yoga is remembering why you wanted to teach in the first place. Because you enjoyed practicing and learning yoga from others.
I live yoga because it told me I was perfect when everything else said I was lacking. It's like a piece of putty that you can mold to whatever phase of life you're in—strong, weak, thrilled or heavy. My mood and body is always dramatically improved after my time on the mat. Let's not forget that I also named my dog Ashi after Ashtanga Yoga:)
If I didn't teach yoga...
I'd own a restaurant and be the executive chef, be the editor-in-chief of a magazine, be an Olympian, an art docent, naturalist, dog shop owner or skydive instructor. The last one will actually happen sooner than later!
Through yoga I learn to pay attention to the part of me that really matters. The part of me that lives in that truth, always. Abiding and living from this space helps me to live with greater skill, love, and compassion. Yoga reminds me to live with purpose! Oh yea, it also feels really good!
If I didn't teach yoga ...
I'd teach surfing. I'd be a professional free surfer, a surfer who travels and searches out the hidden surf breaks of the world. As I traveled to these exotic locations I would teach the local kids how to surf. I would teach them life skills through the beauty of the ocean. I would teach them that the ocean can be your Guru and your playground.