My first yoga class was in the early 90s as a dance & theatre class in college. It left virtually no impression on me. Then in the early 2000s I started practicing yoga on the recommendation of my doctor for stress management & overall well-being. Something about it this time was different & I’ve been practicing regularly ever since. In a society that strives to make things perfect, what appeals to me about yoga is how unnecessary perfection is to experience a physically and mentally challenging yoga class. The differences among us are beautifully perfect in the modifications individuals make to their poses. It is the collective pursuit of our physical and mental health that unites us, not the similarities in our shapes. I also swim, bike and mostly run, having completed 12 half marathons over the past 3 years & counting. I hope to provide you with an opportunity to kick your own butt with compassion.