This week is my turn to be on the blog. I am Esther, the new Studio Manager here at ISY. I have been practicing yoga here at ISY for 2 years this coming July. My first class here at ISY was a Restorative class with Bree back at the old New Albany studio. I remember it like it was yesterday. As I left class that evening feeling AMAZING- relaxed and rejuvenated- I remember thinking to myself that I had found my “yoga home”.
So here I am… 2 years later… not only a student here still, but also now an alumni of the Inner Spring RYT200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program, a teacher, and now the Studio Manager. You can find me teaching classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Friday afternoons for the lunch hour Hatha class.
I’m thrilled to be able to immerse myself more in the ISY and yoga community in my new role. Furthermore, I look forward to getting to know all you beautiful yogis that continue to support our mission and share your light with us.
Where are you from?
I was born in Manhattan, NYC but raised in Jeffersonville, IN
How long have you been practicing yoga?
I’ve been practicing yoga for 8 years now.
What is your favorite yoga pose and why?
I love balance poses, like Tree pose especially. I also really like arm balance poses. I like the feeling I get when I'm in those types of poses, the connection to a fully body experience. They make me feel strong and connected on a deeper level. I feel strong, not just from the physical strength that it takes to get into those poses and hold them, but more so they challenge my mental strength. Mentally, I feel like I can let go and focus more inward.
What is your favorite style of yoga to practice?
Vinyasa or Hatha Flow styles. I like to move and enjoy a yoga practice that's constantly fluid. I also like the upbeat rhythm of those types of classes. The rhythm and faster pace flow helps me to stay focused and present.
How would you describe your teaching style?
I enjoy teaching any type of yoga really, even though I tend to stick to Hatha Flow/Vinyasa styles. I enjoy teaching other styles when I get the opportunity though, like Yin/Restorative/Gentle, because I feel like they challenge and inspire me to grow my knowledge and practice of teaching those styles. They get me out of my comfort zone and I enjoy learning about stuff outside of “my box.” In my classes I like to incorporate yoga philosophy as much as possible, so that students can connect to yoga on a deeper level. So that they can carry the theme or intention of the class with them into their daily lives off the mat. To hopefully inspire them to live yoga off the mat.
What do you like to do for fun? Hobbies?
Yoga of course! ;) I like to spend my time outdoors as much as possible. I enjoy hiking, kayaking, running, cycling, camping. My husband and I love music, so we like to go to concerts when we can and have gone to over 40 together. I also just love spending time with my family- my husband, daughter, our 2 dogs, my sister, and parents- as much as possible no matter what we’re doing.
Words you live by….
I say “YOLO” (you only live once) a lot, usually giving myself permission to splurge or enjoy something guilt-free. ;) I honestly feel like since we only get one chance at this life, why not make it the happiest, most enjoyable experience possible.
That being said, I like this quote by Abraham Lincoln because I feel like it really ties into my mentality on life and living life to the fullest-
“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
Two of my other favorite quotes are:
“We are all broken, that’s how the light gets in.”- Ernest Hemingway
“Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.” -Oscar Wilde
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
There are so many places in the world I’d love to go, but especially have a desire to go to Italy, Greece, and Bali. I’d love to even go to one of these amazing places on a yoga retreat. ;)
I’m of Puerto Rican descent. Both of my parents were born in Puerto Rico and although I’ve never lived there, we visit frequently and I still have some family there. My husband and I even had our wedding there, so it’s a very special place to me.
Thank you for taking the time to read more about me!