My favorite is the squatting pose. For some reason, with the way my body is made, when the knees are separated and go down into squatting, it just feels so good on my back, lower back, shoulders, legs and hips.
How did you get into teaching yoga?
In 2010, I decided to share yoga with other people because, especially in our town, nobody knew the benefits. Most people in my area at that time had only been exposed to photos of perfectly-fit bodies doing yoga poses. I was so thrilled and wanted to share it. But I couldn't figure out how to get through the teacher training with the fibro. That was really, really tough. It took me a few years of asking questions and pleading with people. Finally, I found a place in Virginia, and in 2010, I went there and lived at this place for a month and did my 200-hour basic teacher training. It was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. But I did get through it and became a registered yoga teacher.
What's been your biggest challenge with yoga?
There's a public and a private biggest challenge. Publicly, I find that the biggest challenge to going out and doing yoga is my size because I am overweight. And privately, my biggest challenge is the fibro itself. My muscles will probably never be able to stretch out like most people's, but that doesn't mean that I don't get all the wonderful benefits of yoga.
Any advice for yoga beginners?
This is pretty general advice, but it's the best advice I know: Take it slow and easy, and stay focused on your own body and your own breath. If you do that, you're going to have an amazing experience with yoga. The second that you look across the room and start comparing yourself to other people, you're going to find that the benefits go way down. You start to tense up and have negative self-talk. It's not a good situation. Take it slow and easy.