Teacher Story: Saya

What tips can you give students to support their practice off the mat?
Just like your practice on the mat, always work on your awareness and pace yourself throughout your day so you don’t wind up over worked, over stressed, or over whelmed.

What lead you to teacher training?
I was introduced to Bikram yoga where I grew up in Greenwich, CT back in 2001. I fell in LOVE with the practice right away and knew it would be a part of my life forever. It was actually the studio owners there who suggested I go to teacher training and teach for them once I became certified and that’s what I did.

Dealing with personal injury
The wonderful thing about yoga is that it does not discriminate, so you can come in pretty much any condition. You can be any size, you can be pregnant , and even show up with an injury; anyone can benefit as long as they are practicing with care and working with good form. When practicing with an injury, always be on the side of less and focus on the therapy. Yoga is one of the oldest forms of physical therapy and it really works when practiced with patience and care.

What other skill or perspective in related fields do you bring to teaching?
I am a certified pre-natal yoga instructor and am a trained doula as well for over 7 years now.