Meet MOLLIE CHEN!
I didn’t understand yoga until I moved to New York and found that the city, while amazing, exacerbated my Type A tendencies. I needed a way to decompress and shut my mind off. Yoga worked, mostly because I didn’t know any of the poses so I had to concentrate and forget about my to do list for an hour and a half. I became addicted. Even though I’ve been athletic (and, thankfully, flexible) all my life, yoga is the first thing that has made me actually pay attention to my body. Then, when I moved to Brooklyn, my friend Irin introduced me to Mala. I was initially skeptical that it wouldn’t be ‘hard’ enough. Needless to say, I’ve learned it’s not how many vinyasas you do, but how long Stephanie makes you hold Warrior Two that matters.
What pose do you want to do all day? What pose could you never do again?
I love Padahastasana (hands under feet; yeah, I had to Google that) and Half Moon Pose; Shoulder Stand makes me feel like I’m being smushed.
What are your biggest yoga obstacles and how do you overcome them?
I’m naturally fidgety and impatient — I’m the one who jumps up right after Shivasana and darts out the door, and I’ll always do an extra vinyasa. For me, the hardest thing is pulling back, staying calm, and keeping still.
What was the last Dharma talk that resonated with you?
I love the idea of dedicating your practice to someone else. I feel extremely fortunate for everything I have — and for the fact that I can spend the time and money on yoga — so it’s nice to spend a few minutes channeling those good vibes toward someone else.
Where is your favorite place to get coffee, or a drink, post-yoga?
Iced coffee at Pedlar, Negroni at Clover Club or Jake Walk
If you could practice yoga anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Excellent question. An open air pavilion in Hawaii. Lots of papaya for a post-practice snack.
How has practicing shifted other aspects of your life?
I find myself recommending yoga to everyone — people who are stressed at work, injured athletes, my Dad. I can’t say it’s made me a more zen person but I’m definitely more happy and grounded when I do it. Major win: getting my mom addicted too!
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