Feel like shaking off a bad day or celebrate the fact that our bodies can MOVE?! Go to Iva’s class then! Monday she teaches hatha flow at noon and again at 6pm. On Thursday she’s back at 6pm to ground us at the end of the week. Radiate out of the studio after her Saturday 10.30 hatha flow class!
*How would you describe the intention or purpose of coming to yoga class?
The intention for your yoga practice can change every practice or you may have an intention for the entire year of yoga practice. I usually explain it as “why did you come to class today?”, “what brought you in today”. the intention can be not only a thought, but even a feeling, a word, a colour, an expression- something that connects you with your purpose for your practice.
* When did you first become interested in practicing yoga and how did that experience lead you to complete E-500 hrs of teacher training and become so knowledgeable in how bodies work?
I first became interested in yoga when I started really delving into Natural Medicine and other modalities of health such as: fasting, food combining , nutrition, chinese medicine and along with that Yoga. Living in Japan opened up the door to these ancient systems of health and The Spa in Thailand was a fasting, rejuvenation place where all this started in 1995.Once I moved to San Francisco in 2002 and was fortunate to have Yoga studios on every corner, i really pursued not only the Yoga practice ,but also took courses in Chinese Medicine. I decided to seek out a Teacher Training that would bring me on my Yoga journey every day, so I chose to immerse myself in Yoga Arts Teacher training in Bali and Australia with some wonderful and very knowledgeable teachers.
* Do you have any tips to keep up with your yoga practice while traveling?
Stay tuned to your body, listen to it and take some time to unroll your mat, or go outside on the grass and salute the sun wherever you may be. It is a great way to connect with the energy of the place you are in and stay balanced while traveling.A short meditation at the end of your day is also a great way to unwind and take some quiet time for yourself to just BE.
*How does your vinyasa flow class differ from your yin yoga class?
The vinyasa flow class is a more dynamic class that involves flowing from pose to pose using the breath as the guiding principle and building heat , strength , flexibility and openness. The yin class is more of a quiet practice, that enables you to stay stationary in 5-6 poses and really go into a meditative state while stretching ligaments, connective tissue and lubricating joints.
*What is Prana and how does it affect the body?
Prana is the essence of life. I use this term a lot in my classes so that students will understand the importance that Prana has on their lives. My goal is to have Prana move within the body freely, removing blockages and stagnant energy that usually cause discomfort, pain, rigidity not only physically but also mentally and spiritually.Prana is palpable when we eat live fresh food, breathe fresh mountain or ocean air and feel the warmth of the sun against our skin.
* You have traveled extensively throughout Asia, North America, Europe, and Australia, as well as calling Tokyo home for the past 10 years. Can you speak about how this exposure to different cultures has influenced your relationship to yoga (if it has).
I love exploring different cultures, people and ultimately different ways of living. This brings me to a certain flexibility in how i communicate not only verbally with these people. It brings me a sense of openness and sometimes a challenge that lets me explore my own self. Whether it be traveling or living in another culture, that same sense of curiosity and wonder i bring to my mat and my teachings.
*What do you like most about East Side Yoga?
It has been a wonderful experience to be part of East Side Yoga from the beginning, watching the process and learning from it.
The people at ESY really enjoy coming to the studio not only for the yoga but for the sense of connectedness that you get just by being there and talking to the people. Friendly, eccentric and open people make it really special, and not to mention the beautiful space with cork floors and great chai tea always ready.