june 2015 : crystal robertson
- what is in your yoga bag?
A: I keep my bag simple – Lululemon Mat & my Studio Tahoe key tag.
- what is your favorite…?
animal: Piglets 😉
asana: Mermaid Pose – it feels so good and I always feel connected to the ocean. I’m also really into handstand and Pincha Mayrasana right now. They are invigorating poses and you can do them anywhere, anytime.
- what is your favorite yoga book &/or online yoga resource?
A: My favorite online yoga resource is Facebook believe it or not. Every day I find several inspirational quotes, break down instructional videos or inspiring articles. I follow many teachers, journals & teacher resources, such as; Janet Stone, Jason Crandell, Meghan Currie, Kathryn Budig, Yoga Journal, Yoga Teacher Journal, Yoganonymous, Yoga Alliance, Yoga Inspiration, and honestly so many more it would be crazy to list all of them. This is why Facebook is the best source for me as it compiles them, pulls it all together and unites my favorite yoga resources and teachers into one place. I save them all to my “FAVS” list and I can check it all out skipping over the social fluff and go directly to the sources I follow.
- How do you challenge your personal yoga practice &/or how do you keep a consistent yoga practice?
A: To challenge my practice I find new favorite poses all the time. I find if you just focus on one then the others get neglected. I work towards and focus on my favorites for a while and watch the progression. Then I slowly start to re-excite myself about a new and totally different pose.
I also became a certified SUP Yoga instructor. This has helped challenge me in a new way. Every pose feels totally different floating on water so I get to go back to the beginners mind.
I maintain consistency by always coming back to my home, “Studio Tahoe.” When traveling on the road I don’t always have time to flow, but I always make time for a few basics that center me like Child’s Pose, Downward dog and then a couple invigorating poses like handstand and Pincha. When traveling I always have a yoga book in my bag to read as well as practice pranayama (breathing) exercises since you can do them anywhere.
- What is your favorite thing to do off the mat?
A: Le Grand Adventure Tours… An adventure tour business that my husband and I created. Travel, Snowboard, Stand Up Paddle, SUP Yoga, Road Bike, Mtn. Bike, Surf, Scuba Dive & Photography.
- What is your personal teaching motto &/or teaching model? Or a favorite yoga quote?
A: “Be Here Now.”
About 15 years ago, long before I was ever introduced to Yoga, I was a huge fan of Dr. Wayne Dyer and Eckart Tolle. This quote has always resonated deeply with me and now more than ever in my yoga practice. When I first started yoga it was clear right away that my mind was drifting off into so many directions and sometimes was weak punching through difficult sequences. I discovered that directly translated into the same thing happening in my favorite outdoor sports.
Over the course of my constantly evolving practice I continue to strengthen my mind and focus on being very present. I try to maintain a drhisti state throughout my entire practice (not just in balancing poses). It is so important in any sport such as skiing/snowboarding, biking, etc to be absolutely present in the moment or else things can go wrong and you need to be on point! I practice yoga off the mat every time I go board, ride or surf, by focusing on the rhythm of my breath, not getting buried in thoughts of fear, playing my edge gracefully, and being totally present. I’m not perfect, no one is but I strive to be better today than I was yesterday and that keeps me going. I still drift away in my mind from time to time, what brings it all back is three words- Be HERE Now!
Where are you now, are you present? I’m actually sitting on an airplane right now … 😀
- Please briefly describe your most fantastic & amazing teaching moment.
A: I feel every time I teach is a new amazing moment. I am constantly learning as you are all my teachers too. Whether I teach a class that is planned to improvising it with success- I’m on cloud 9. When I feel myself truly being myself in front of everyone without care or worry about what others think. When students get really excited about the flow I taught or the musical playlist I played. When a student is thankful for a cue they never heard before that helped them discover something new or when I share a personal story from my life that helps someone connect and resonate to the yoga theme/lesson. These are always happening, every class, and I am so grateful to be sharing it with you.
- What song is currently #1 on your yoga playlist?
A: Oh boy, music is one of my favorite parts of Vinyasa yoga. Growing up a competitive dancer for 20+ years means I love to choreograph, plan playlists, and weave in themes. I have Reggae, Jazz, French, Spanish, Japanese, Hawaiian, Electronic musically themed classes and moooreee! Sometimes they’re all mashed into one playlist. To pick one song is a struggle. I love music in other languages that I discover around the world traveling.
- Any final words?
A: Positive Vibrations | Wake Up & Live | Soul Adventurer… From my favorite inspiration ever, Bob Marley!
Join Crystal every Thursday’s @ 6:30 pm for Bhakti Flow, and Saturday’s @ 8 am for SUP Yoga, meeting spot at Shoreline Park on Donner Lake (must pre-register through Yoga Studio Tahoe website, link below). Check out her schedule, as well as, the rest of our teachers, classes, and class descriptions at yogastudiotahoe.com.
About: Kellee Rich. A poet and writer, full-time yoga teacher and devout 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 (Sierra Nevada College, a 4-year Liberal Arts School in Incline Village NV). Kellee is a Lyme Disease and Stroke survivor, and is currently working on a memoir about living with and surviving Lyme, focusing specifically on 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 yoga and meditation classes.