La Dolce Studio interviewed me with the following questions:
How did you first get into pilates or yoga?
In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?
What is your proudest moment/accomplishment in pilates or yoga?
How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a “favourite failure” of yours?
What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made?
Do you think there is any trait that all exercise practitioners share?
What is the most significant thing that someone much younger than yourself has taught you?
Do you like classical or contemporary pilates/yoga more? Why?
What advice would you give to people wanting to start pilates or yoga?
Tell us about someone you admire and why you admire them?
What is a 'hack' you have for success that most people don't know about?
How would you describe pilates/yoga in 1 word?
What's something exciting you're currently working on/learning that only a few people know about?
Most satisfying experience practicing yoga/pilates?
What are your biggest pet peeves about the culture/community of your chosen practice?
What is your favourite thing about the culture and community of your chosen practice?
Do you tend to use a lot of different equipment when you practice? Why/Why not?
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By Hannah Faulkner Roman
Let me start off by announcing that I am not Irish, nor have I been to Ireland. But, since childhood I’ve somehow worn green every year on Saint Patrick’s Day and as an adult found this day as an excuse to have a beer. Americans have celebrated the Irish saint on this day since at least the early 18th century.
St. Patrick was born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century. As a teenager he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave. After escaping, he later returned to convert the Irish to Christianity through establishing monasteries, churches, and schools. Many legends developed over the years, including how he used the shamrock to explain the holy Trinity. Likewise, the yoga trinity involves connecting the mind, body, and spirit. Today, this holiday honors St. Patrick's efforts to unite Celtic and Catholic Ireland through wearing one of the forty shades of Ireland's green, dancing, parades, drinking beer, chasing pots of gold, and making merry.
Through the following 10 Yoga Poses, I explore the meaning behind some common Irish symbols.
1. Four-Leaf Clover
The Shamrock is the national flower of Ireland. This three-leaved plant was used by Saint Patrick to illustrate the presence of God in the natural world as the trinity (God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), but in ancient times it was used in fertility rituals, to scare away snakes, to heal diseases, and to ward off evil spirits.
However, a four-leaved clover is not technically a shamrock, it is much luckier as they appear only once out of 10,000 clovers. The petals represent faith, hope, love, and luck.
This posture is also known as Star Pose, or Utthita Tadasana. It’s a variation of Mountain Pose. To get into the posture, stand with your feet much wider than your hips. Exhale to root into the ground and tone the muscles throughout. Inhale to lift the crown of the head, allowing the spine to elongate. Extend your arms out wide to gently open the chest. Relax the shoulders down and back while lengthening through the fingertips. Continue to breath calming in and out through the nose for several breaths, connecting with your good luck.