This year we invited PK teachers to share thoughts, stories and articles with us.  As a way of introduction, we asked each writer to share their answers to the following questions:

  • what brought you to the mat as a student and teacher?
  • what inspires you to keep teaching?
  • what is your favorite pose and why?
  • what pose is currently challenging you and how are you working with it?
  • do you work with any special populations/volunteer/donate time etc. with your yoga

This week meet guest writer Lori Henry…

what brought you to the mat as a student and then as a teacher? I believe that yoga found me. In 2009, I was experiencing some profoundly challenging life and health issues. Depression had taken over to the point that all I wanted to do was stay in bed with the covers over my head. In the years following, the challenges built with intensity. Yoga kept me alive. After finding that my personal practice was lifting me out of darkness and healing my body, I decided to further my studies in 2013, by enrolling in a 200-hour program. At that time, I didn’t have plans to teach. During the training, my mother became gravely ill and needed constant care. Yoga kept me from mentally collapsing. When she made her first recovery, I was offered a job teaching restorative yoga. It was shortly afterwards, that Pranakriya found me via the Teaching Restorative Yoga module, and that was the beginning of my 300-hour journey. I anticipate completing my 300-hours this February 2018.

what inspires you to keep teaching? I feel called to share the gifts of yoga with others who are struggling with life’s challenges.

what is your favorite pose and why? Savasana. We all need to slow down and let the earth support us. The pose makes me feel connected with the planet, while signifying to me that new personal growth comes from surrendering. 

what pose is currently challenging you and how are you working with it? Upavistha Konasana has always been my “avoidance” pose. Lately I’ve been trying to approach it with more curiosity and love. I use props (blankets under pelvis and knees, and sometimes a supportive stack in front of me in a restorative version), breathe into the pose, and tell myself to smile to my tight muscles.

do you work with any special populations/volunteer/donate time etc? For several months in 2017, I taught at an addiction recovery center. The center closed due to funding. This fall, I started teaching at the campus recovery center. Yoga Nidra is a favorite in the community. In 2018, I’m planning a donation based class for those in recovery.