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Taylor Smith

Taylor Smith

1. What originally brought you to yoga?
I first encountered yoga years ago when I was studying dance. I came back to yoga looking for a full-body activity that offered some of the physicality of dance. I originally came for the body, knowing there was a mind component; even though I didn’t know what that would entail. I just let the mental and spiritual aspects find me.

2. What keeps you coming back?
For me, yoga provides the link that aligns my ‘animal self’ and my ‘human self’. I am continuously surprised by what my practice does for me in mind, body and spirit. I love the connections that it fosters between people. Having a place where I can ground and find center is vital to me.

3. What is your favorite asana and why?
Savasana, because it’s the hardest one for me. I was never wired to sit still, so for me to transition from an hour of movement to laying down and letting go is a refreshing challenge.

4. What do you love about Seva?
The people here have been really good to me. Everybody in this life is on a journey; at Seva there is a feeling of mutual respect for one another’s journeys. There is a great amount of energetic space that we create within this physical space.

5. What do you bring off your mat from your practice?
Greater compassion for myself and others. Also, yoga has strengthened me physically and helped to lessen the pain I suffer due to old injuries.

6. Favorite Book
Aura by Carlos Fuentes

7. Favorite Place to Visit
Pacific Coast of Oaxaca, Mexico

8. Food
Pizza!

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