Over the years I’ve tried a half dozen different yoga teachers and found none that were a good fit for me. Living in Takoma Park, I naturally tried the local yoga establishment – Willow Street, with almost 30 different instructors. Here’s what I disliked about the classes I tried – partnering! I wanted yoga to leave me calmer and more centered than when class started but at Willow Street, the bulk of the class was spent doing poses with a classmate. Chit-chatting took precedence over getting centered and class was about as calming as a Jazzercise class. Okay I’m exaggerating but not by a lot.
I also tried an independent yoga teacher in the neighborhood whose approach was totally different – and wrong for me in another way. It was plenty calming and spiritual, but the class involved a whole lotta worshiping of some guru.
So, I found two extremes, neither one right for me. Then I moved here, tried three different teachers and discovered that ALL of them teach the approach I’d been looking for for so long. Bliss!
Now I’m a happy student and practitioner and super-curious to learn more from the teachers I’ve met and admired, so I decided to interview as many as would tolerate my nosiness and then post their answers here. First up is Laura Bonkosky, whose Lunch-Time Yoga classes I’ve been taking on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the Greenbelt Recreation Department.
Click here to read the Q&A with Laura, and let me know what other questions I should be asking, okay?
Other yoga teachers I know of and will be contacting for similar interviews include the other teachers for the Recreation Department, and several who teach the SAGE yoga classes for 60+ (through the PG Community College). If you know of any others, let me know.