teacher highlight: meet your yoga studio tahoe teachers
january 2015 : hanni schwiesow
- what is in your yoga bag?
A: Dream cream (of course!), journal + pen, ipad, lip gloss, face wipes and towel.
- what is your favorite…?
animal: sea turtle
asana: astavakrasana – eight-angle pose…or any arm balance really, they make you feel like you’re flying.
food: king salmon
- what is your favorite yoga book &/or online yoga resource?
A: My favorite yoga book lately is Awakening Shakti by Sally Kempton, I use it as a way to connect and integrate the goddesses into my life and classes. I’ve been using My Yoga Online more and more because I like to gather thoughts and ideas for yoga from listening and watching classes.
- How do you challenge your personal yoga practice &/or how do you keep a consistent yoga practice?
A: I set small goals and remind myself that even ten minutes on my mat is going to be a day-shifter. Once I’m on my mat it’s hard to leave! I challenge myself by attending studio classes or going back to Bali for teacher trainings.
- What is your favorite thing to do off the mat?
A: Skate skiing – hands down. I mean, running is ok and works for the summer but skate skiing is just so exhilarating, once you get the balance thing down on the skinny skis, you can really make those things go FAST!
- What is your personal teaching motto &/or teaching model? Or a favorite yoga quote?
A: I pour my heart into each class and I typically like to have a theme or a strong foundation to build a class. From there I feel like it’s important to break it down to something simple for students to digest during a 60 minute window. I am currently working on ways to link the theme throughout class, not just at the beginning or end, either through asana, story or mantra because I believe repetition is key.
One of my favorite yoga quotes: ‘As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.’ – Thoreau
- Please briefly describe your most fantastic & amazing teaching moment.
A: I remember the day I found my ‘voice’. I had recently returned from Bali and had some new chants to share. Shaelah invited me to teach the Hanuman Bolo chant to the group of teacher trainees and as I led the chant and we all called out to Hanuman, I could feel the power in the room shift, the fans were spinning, the heat was on and the group was united. We were all on cloud nine.
- What song is currently #1 on your yoga playlist?
A: Jay Jay Ma by Govindas and Radha – a husband and wife team sharing kirtan and bhakti yoga around the world, they are amazing!!
- Any final words?
A: I feel so blessed to be part of the Bhakti community, to have so many amazing teachers and to share the lifelong yoga journey and practice with all of you. See you on and off the mat!
Don’t miss out on Hanni’s classes! Her classes just changed to Wednesday nights! Catch up with this talented teacher during her Apre Ski Flow (Mellow Flow during the winter months) and Bhakti Flow! Check out her schedule, as well as, the rest of our teachers, classes, and class descriptions at yogastudiotahoe.com.
About: Kellee Rich. A yoga teacher and mom, in her hometown of Truckee, CA, Kellee enjoys spending her time outside the studio with her family and friends by paddleboarding, kayaking, snowboarding, and anything athletic and outdoors. She holds a BA in English Literature from SNC. Kellee is a Lyme Disease and Stroke survivor, and is currently working on a memoir about living with and surviving Lyme, and how yoga saved her life. Poetry and yoga go hand-in-hand in Kellee’s world, and she brings this eclectic mix of inspiration and empowerment to her students and in her classes.