Thank you to Denise Bosco for taking this picture of Myda! It captures her joy for life perfectly.
You know us from the classroom, teacher training, retreats, and more –or maybe you’re new to Yoga 216 and you’re still looking forward to all those opportunities!– and maybe a few things slipped through the cracks in our time together! We love that you share your yoga with us, so we thought, why not share a bit of ours?
Get to Know Your 216 Teacher Myda!
When did you start practicing yoga + why?
The first class I took was in college; I really don’t remember why I signed up for it. Like most things in college, it sounded cool, so I figured I’d try it.
What’s your favorite pose? Your least favorite?
To be honest, I really have no favorite or least favorite poses. Part of what has evolved in my practice over the years is the willingness to try to embrace everything and learn from whatever comes, however easeful or difficult.
Tell us about your personal practice.
My personal practice involves a lot of solitary contemplation, reading, studying and meditation as well as participation in group classes with some of my favorite teachers and colleagues in the city. I also just started learning the harmonium which has added a whole other dimension, albeit dissonant, to my practice!
What led you to teaching?
Like many others, I wanted to deepen my practice. The amazing thing about yoga, however, is that the deeper you go, the more you are called to teach. I guess it’s true that in teaching others, you learn more about yourself.
Tell us three of your favorite things about teaching yoga.
I love watching people transform right before my very eyes. It’s an incredible thing to witness.
I love the communal exploration of the Self.
I love sharing a little bit of what has given me so much. It’s an honor.
What do you love about teaching at 216?
I love the intimacy of the classes; that I can know (and remember!) all of the students in class, most in the studio, and know what happens in their bodies, and often times, their lives.
You’ve been practicing for a while. What’s something that you’ve learned recently about or from your practice that surprised you?
That your body is constantly changing; it never feels the same from day to day, class to class, or moment to moment.
What do you do for fun and how does it balance you?
I ride my bike, rock climb, see my friends and eat! All balance me by taking me out of head!
What was the last movie you saw and what did you think of it?
It was called “Himalaya: Ladder to Paradise” and it was beautiful! I’m in love with the Himalayas, so anything about them enhances my soul to no end!