Get to know Katrina Sarson, the Yogi of the Month(s):
Ali: What originally brought you to practice Yoga? Where was it? What style was it?
Katrina: I started studying yoga more than a decade ago in Boulder, Colorado because I wanted to become more flexible. It was Ashtanga yoga at Richard Freeman's studio. I would drop in for classes because I loved the workout, even though I couldn't understand most of the poses. I kept going back and picking up small tidbits of one pose, then we'd flow into the next one and I'd be completely lost again. Finally I signed up for an ongoing class and started learning the basics. I was hooked.
Ali: Complete the following phrase: "Yoga is_______"
Katrina: Yoga is a reminder of the importance of quiet listening and self-awareness. The practice for me is to let go of my desire to do it "right," and instead practice being present for what my body needs that day.
Ali: What are your favorite asanas/types of asanas?
Katrina: I love all the Warrior poses because of the flow of energy outward. I like movement and transitions and flow. I also love shivansana.
Ali: What challenges you/is there something you're working on?
Katrina: The biggest challenge for me is just making time for yoga. After almost every class and yoga workout, I feel happy and relaxed and vow I'll do it every day. The next morning I've forgotten how good it felt and I won't make time for a workout. My current practice is to make time for just five minutes of yoga a day. Usually once I do that, I make more time. But the first five minutes is the hardest!
Ali: What do you do when you're not practicing Yoga?
Katrina: When I'm not doing yoga, I love to walk my dog, hang out with my family, swim, and bake bread.