What brought you to yoga? When I was a student at University of Maine Farmington, I waitressed at a local restaurant and got to know my regular customers. Amanda Murray, who was in her late 60s at the time, and her husband frequented the restaurant. I learned she was opening a yoga studio above her garage and decided to try a class. I distinctly remember lying eyes closed with moonlight shining on me in this wonderful space she created. Amanda called this practice a “moon bath.” I have practiced yoga on and off for the 20+ years since.

What is your favorite thing about yoga? When I am practicing, the world seems to shrink down to the space of my mat. It allows me to slow down for a bit.

What surprised you as you started to spend more time with your yoga practice? I was truly surprised by how calm I felt even during in time off my mat.

What is your favorite pose? My favorite poses, fish, tree and warrior two, help me feel centered and settled in my body, allowing me to focus on my breath, stay present, and hold the pose strong.

Why have you chosen to practice at Samudra? My sister Judi first discovered Samudra. She recommended I check it out and I totally fell in love with it when I first attended a class in January.  The studio is such a warm, inviting space. All the instructors make you feel welcome. I am lucky to have such an amazing studio close to home so I can rededicate myself to practicing yoga after not practicing for quite some time.

What is your favorite non-yoga activity? I enjoy eating great food and spending time with my friends and family.

What is one other fun fact about you? I have a goal to visit all 50 states before I turn 50. I only have 4 states left to visit!

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