INTERVIEW WITH: CARLI JEAN LOPTSON
What brought you to yoga?
Years ago my Dad suggested I go try a yoga class. I was running quite a lot at the time and remember how hard my first class was. I didn’t think my hamstrings would survive that first class and I’m sure I checked my watch at least 100 times! But there was just something about it that kept pulling me back for more.
Why did you decide to become a teacher?
I don’t remember why I decided to teach except I know it just felt right. I wanted more and I wanted to share what I was learning. I had jobs I liked before teaching but It was the first time in my life when I knew with my whole being I was on the right path as far as what I was meant to do.
What do you love most about teaching?
There are so many things that I love about teaching. It’s a place where I feel I can serve. I love connecting with people and being a part of a practice that requires people to fully show up. I can’t imagine not teaching yoga, it fuels me and I learn so much from the amazing people that continue to show up and practice with me.
What is your favourite pose?
Although I’ve been known to say I believe low lunges will save the world, I have more of a favourite feeling in a pose rather than a pose. When I am connected to my breath and my mind is purely in the moment and movement. The inhales and exhales. It can happen anywhere from Tadasana to Savasana, it’s feeling of contentment.
What should students expect from you?
A thoughtful sequence that includes emphasis on breath and movement linked together. I like to play music and expect laughter.
What do you want your students to take away from your teachings?
I want students to leave my classes feeling empowered, and to feel connected to their self as well as to each other.
Proudest yoga moment?
I am not sure the word proud is a word I would use with my yoga practice. I feel proud of staying on the path and I feel proud of starting a business with the intention of sharing yoga and making it easily accessible. (www.yogo.tv)
Most embarrassing yoga moment?
Ah! If you have been to my class you know I embarrass myself daily!
My favourite quote is quite long so I will share the last bit. It has been attributed to an unnamed Hopi elder. “The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves! Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration. We are the ones we've been waiting for.”
My kids. They are my biggest teachers. They constantly remind me to question how I want to show up in the world.
What is your advice for new yoga students?
Get on your mat. Sit, breathe, move, sweat, dance and remember this is a practice. If we all showed up with the answers or able to do every posture then it wouldn’t be much fun. It is a process and this is where the yoga happens.