The Yogi Next to You


The Yogi Next to You - Irin CarmonWhat’s your yoga story?  How did you find Mala?

I started practicing for alignment and to overcome the professional hazards of multitasking/lack of focus (and schlumpasana, as Steph would say). I showed up at Mala one day on my birthday, disoriented and having gotten off a plane from Israel — Angela was teaching — and have stayed for the superlative teachers. On July 15 it’ll be three years.

What pose do you want to do all day?  What pose could you never do again?

I would certainly do legs up the wall all day, or trikonasana, which I basically have to do in every practice. It’s been a long time since I’ve done tripod.

What are your biggest yoga obstacles and how do you overcome them?

Practically speaking, strength is something I’ve been trying to work on more, having focused more on form and flexibility until now. Turning off outside thoughts, though, is something I sometimes don’t even have the strength to attempt.

What was the last Dharma talk that resonated with you?

I’ve been thinking a lot about the principle of freedom from attachment. It sounds strange on the face of it — fierce attachment to good things is something we want, isn’t it? But it’s something I’d like to cultivate when it comes to not being so rigidly wedded to a plan through anticipation or a desire for control.

Where is your favorite place to get coffee, or a drink, post-yoga?

I’m most fond of impromptu dinners at fellow Mala-ite Mollie Chen’s apartment a few blocks away, which in the best of circumstances happen after Steph’s Friday night class.

If you could practice yoga anywhere in the world, where would it be?

The Sinai desert. Photographic evidence included.

The Yogi Next to You - Irin Carmon: Sinai Desert

How has practicing shifted other aspects of your life?

The thoughtful approach to physiology and alignment at Mala have taught me a lot about cause and effect in the body, and to think critically about how each person’s structure is different. I try to bring that to daily movement. Still working on the concentration part.

We’re thrilled to bring you the stories of Mala yogis in their own words.  Maybe you know them, maybe you’ve never seen them before, maybe they look familiar, maybe you once knew their name, but forgot.  Whatever the case may be, here is the chance to learn a little more about the person practicing on the mat next to you.  Click here to read about other yogis.


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