Chintamani Kansas

Who did you study with? I am deeply grateful to have studied with many great teachers, including Paula Tursi in my early days of becoming a teacher! I can’t name them all so I’ll highlight Amy Matthews at the Breathing Project, Cindy Lee at OM Yoga, Kelly Kane at the Kane School of Pilates.

What year did you start teaching yoga? 2001

What other jobs have you had? Restaurant Hostess, Computer Lab assistant, Editor, Office Manager, Compliance Analyst

Favorite place that you have traveled to? Jamaica

List 3 words your students would use to describe your classes: Fun, Energetic, Smart

How does your own practice influence your daily life? My yoga practice helps me stay connected to my own inner light and my own vows to behave mindfully and kindly–even when it isn’t easy. We have many choices every day to contribute to the suffering of the world or not. I try to reduce suffering whenever possible.

Favorite asana? Prasarita Padottanasana

Who is a teacher who inspires you? Amy Matthews has a broad and deep knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology. Amy asks us to look at what we think we know from different perspectives and test our hypotheses to see if they are still true. Amy treats everyone with kindness and respect.

A great yoga class makes you feel… Yoga has made me feel joy, delight, peace, quiet, tenderness, sorrow—a whole spectrum of human experience. A great yoga class makes me feel safe to be with whatever arises.