GY: How old were you when you fell in love with the practice of yoga?
GY: What was so appealing about it to you?
MB: For the first time in 35 yrs I didn’t feel like there was something wrong with me. I came home to myself. I got a taste of that in my first class during savasana and I wanted more ~
GY: What made you want to become a yoga teacher?
MB: I’ve always been a perpetual student and there was a longing to know more about the shifts that were taking place in my life. I didn’t necessarily start out to teach. That came later.
GY: Describe yourself at 21.
MB: A hot mess
GY: What would you say has been one of the best parts of growing up, getting older?
MB: Being more comfortable speaking my mind. and not caring what other people think. Being true to myself. Believing myself. Becoming who I am meant to be. Thats an ongoing process.
GY: Snack wise, what is your greatest weakness, what can you simply not pass up?
GY: What are a couple of traits of your own that you hope your kids (or future kids) may inherit. Maybe a couple you hope they don’t?
MB: Well, I don’t have children but for my nieces and nephews I would hope to pass on a love for learning something new, having a great deal of interest and curiosity rather than fixed ideas. A love for Music and Art. I hope they don’t take on my traits of procrastination and self doubt (working on that one!)
GY: Describe your first love, in six words or less.
MB: dreamy, funny, adventurous, artsy, musician, worldly
GY: A Sunday all to yourself, how do you spend it?
MB: In pajamas all day, slow living~taking good exquisite care of me~filling my own cup first so I can give from the saucer, making soup, reading, sunset hike, early dinner and early to bed. Delicious!!
GY: What about a night out on the town? Who would you spend it with? What would you do?
MB: A great dinner at FnB or a Concert at Crescent Ballroom or The MIM or both with a close friend or by myself. I like taking myself out on dates! :)
GY: Who have you been friends with the longest and how did you meet?
MB: Hmm…Peggy and I met back in our wild years in Madison. We survived and still remain friends today. We’ve known each other 35 yrs.
GY: What yoga teacher has most influenced your practice and teaching? (We actually already know the answer to this one!)
MB: Rod Stryker
17. Can you name three traits you cherish most in this teacher?
MB: His dedication and soulful approach to his own practice and his love for his teacher, His humor and lightheartedness, His humility and the way he loves and cherishes his family.
GY: What do you love most about your home space?
MB: It’s an explosion of Shakti. There’s an abundance of color and it’s very artsy. There are little altars everywhere; vignettes of the sacred. It makes me Happy.
GY: What was the last thing you binge watched on Netflix?
MB: I don’t have Netflix but a friend recently turned me onto True Detective Season 1. Not something I would normally watch but I got into it.
GY: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
MB: Drop the story~ The mind is a great fabricator, I can make up a story in a flash, but is it true? Most of our thoughts are not helpful or true. Meditation helps me to sift through this and see with more clarity but a wise mentor told me that everything is story and we can drop it, let it go any time. We have choice. Choose the stories to hold onto that nurture you and let go of the rest that hinder you.