Four Questions
Sara Kleinsmith, Yoga Teacher Magazine

1.  Please describe, or tell a story, about your first yoga class or yoga experience.

My first experience with yoga was in high school. I went to a school for the arts to study theatre, and our teacher introduced us to sun salutations as a way to get into our body and breath. When I went to college to study theatre, again our acting teachers thought yoga was an important tool for actors. Both in high school and college, I hated it. It made me feel silly to do and I didn't understand the point. My first experiences with yoga have... Read more



Four Questions
Sarah Bell, Yoga Teacher Magazine

1.  Please describe, or tell a story, about your first yoga class or yoga experience.

I went to my first yoga class with my parents at Rancho La Puerta, 1989, with Phyllis Pilgrim. I mostly remember the delightful bolster, white and fluffy, and the blissful feeling of the just right support in Supta Baddha Konasana. We all wanted to do it again.

The next year I graduated from conservatory with a BFA in Acting, and I moved to Seattle.  My next yoga class was with an Iyengar Yoga teacher, Kat Allen. The students were mostly middle aged women, all of whom were... Read more



Four Questions
Janet Stone, Yoga Teacher Magazine

1. Please describe, or tell a story, about your first yoga class or yoga experience.

I was staying at a place that cost about 1.29USD a night in Varanasi, India and someone from the hostel was going to a yoga class and I was looking to shake off the effect of the Lariam, a ridiculous and most likely poisoning drug said to ward off malaria but which seemed mostly to cause wild dreams and liver dysfunction. So, off I went, what unfolded was mounds of judgement on what everyone was wearing, the idea that it was almost all Western travelers, so on and so forth. Until I... Read more



Four Questions
Gigi Miller, Yoga Teacher Magazine

1. Please describe or tell a story about your first class or yoga experience.

In 1993, I was a teenage freshman at UC Santa Barbara. I was going through a difficult time in my life. Going away to college proved more formidable than expected. A yoga teacher offered classes in our dorm. I went a couple of times and remember feeling accepted and included. The teacher had such a sweet way about her. She had a fitness level and peaceful demeanor that seemed unattainable, almost foreign. I see these first couple of yoga classes in the dorms as an entree to developing a... Read more



Four Questions
Camella Nair, Yoga Teacher Magazine

1.  Describe or tell a story @ your first yoga class or yoga experience.

I was 17 years old in England, and my mum asked me and my sister to go to a new yoga class that was being offered out of town. The ‘Yoga for Health Foundation’ was a pretty amazing place in a postcard pretty, country village setting. The long drive up to the Manor House was formidable, with horses and an imposing sunset behind the magnificent buildings. An impressive setting, but I later learned that the Yoga Foundation was only in temporary residence there as they were renting... Read more



Four Questions
Dianne Bondy, Yoga Teacher Magazine
 
 
1.  Please describe, or tell a story, about your first yoga class or yoga experience.
 
My first experience with yoga was with my mom. I think I was about 4ish. We had this book called Stay Young with Yoga and be were practicing poses. I totally remember my mom in shoulder stand and me trying to sit on her feet. I just remember loving hanging out with my mom and having her all to myself. 
 
 
2.  Describe or narrate your first time teaching yoga. What do you recall?... Read more


Four Questions
Jay Fields, Yoga Teacher Magazine
 
1. Please describe, or tell a story, about your first yoga class or yoga experience.
 
My first yoga class was at the rec center of the College of William and Mary during my freshman year. There were maybe 35 people in the class, and in an attempt to be as inconspicuous as possible, I sat in the second to last row. I had wanted to be in the last row, but it was all filled up by the time I got to class. This is important only because my main memory from my first class was how much I looked around at what other people were doing... Read more


Four Questions
Richard Rosen, Yoga Teacher Magazine
 
1. Please describe, or tell a story, about your first yoga class or experience.
 
I took my first yoga class in May, 1980, at the Yoga Room in Berkeley, which is still in existence today though in a different location. To be honest don’t really remember much about the class at all. I decided to attend because I read in a book that yoga was the best exercise ever invented. For years I thought the book was by Robert de Ropp, and titled The Master Game, but when I went through it after a decade or so, I couldn’t find the... Read more


Four Questions
Beryl Bender Birch, Yoga Teacher Magazine
 
1. Please describe, or tell a story, about your first yoga class or yoga experience.  
 
My very first asana class was in l971at the first (I’m pretty sure) 3HO studio on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California with Yogi Bhajan. I don’t remember too much except we did a lot of cat and cow pose and some heavy breathing. His devotees were making his supper in the kitchen next store (just behind a curtain actually) and all you could smell during class was curry spices cooking. The smell of Indian cooking is what I remember most!... Read more


Four Questions
Esther Ekhart, Yoga Teacher Magazine
 
1. Please describe, or tell a story, about your first yoga class or yoga experience.
 
My first yoga experience was imitating my mother doing Sun Salutations. I was maybe 11 years old. I remember finding it really hard, my body being all over the place, having no strength and being totally out of breath while my mother was flying through it. In a way it frustrated me that I couldn't do it at all. I think that was my first motivation to do more.... not the most yogic one!
 
 
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