The Yogi Next to You


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

For years I practiced Iyengar yoga with a lovely teacher named Patti Bradshaw in Manhattan I followed her from rented studio to studio and commuted 40 minutes to and fro. I heard about Mala from a friend, Gwenn Cagann and now my commute is three blocks.

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

I like to throw my mat down in front of the windows and do Pigeon while gazing at the pigeons on the rooftop.  Pigeon is one of those poses that you can do anywhere, anytime.  I dread hearing “arms up” for Utkatasana.  But I know it’s good for me.

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

I have such trouble easing into and holding half-moon pose.  I look forward to the day where that comes naturally and I can enjoy it without shaking.

What was the last Dharma talk that resonated with you?

Christina gave a Dharma talk about sitting on the subway while trying to reach her husband who had just suffered a head injury.  She credited her years of practicing yoga for keeping her calm and hopeful.

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

My kitchen.

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

The Oval Office.

How has practicing shifted other aspects of your life?

Wow. Yoga has been so therapeutic in my life.  I manage to solve most of my problems while practicing… I mean after class 😉

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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