INTERVIEW WITH: DAISY HERNANDEZ
Can you tell us about your background?
I grew up in a home with wellness practitioners as my parents. Without my knowing, I was introduced to holistic modalities: essential oils, natural alternatives, energy healing, you name it. Little did I know that their practices would inspire me to follow in their footsteps - one way or another.
I’m fascinated by the connection between mind and emotion, and so I’m dedicated to training in areas where this connection can be better understood. My background is in holistic health coaching and neuro-linguistic programming (which is basically how you communicate with yourself) which I then blend in with my yoga training and practice.
What brought you to yoga?
I took my first yoga class in 2004, at a time when everything I knew as stable in my life was shifting. It was in that class, which was a Flow practice, where I experienced the calm of listening to everyone’s breath in harmony and fell in love with the wave-like movements.
Though it wasn’t until another major shift in my life took place (almost 10 years later) that brought me to keep a regular practice. Call it a sign or a simple realization but in that moment, rolling out my mat and feeling every single emotion coming up for me, I felt a deep connection and love for this practice - which translated to courage and compassion in the current moment I found myself in.
Why did you decide to become a teacher?
Yoga has allowed me to move freely, in and out of emotions that would otherwise stay lodged inside. I decided to become a teacher as a way of guiding others to move through their own inner workings while becoming stronger in their bodies and working with their minds. I’m constantly learning in hopes of bringing more to my students.
What do you love most about teaching?
I absolutely love teaching - the sequencing, the supporting playlist, the breathing, the flow, the whole shebang! Seeing student’s progress in their practice. Noticing little shifts in how they show up for their body and seeing the a-ha moments when they’ve connected a benefit of this practice into their everyday life.
What is your favorite pose?
I love Boat pose (Navasana) - it makes an appearance in most of my classes!
What should students expect from you?
Smiles and a lighthearted presence. I incorporate mindset and emotional shifts as I draw inspiration from everyday surroundings. You can look forward to a class that offers self-inquiry, challenge that meets you where you’re at, and a calming release before our time together is up.
What do you want your students to take away from your teachings?
That your mind is a work in progress and you can work with your mind through your body. That when you’re feeling stuck or low, you can access the nitty gritty by moving your body and breathing life into it. That your yoga practice can be a powerful tool to add to your toolbox.
Proudest yoga moment?
Having my yoga invitations accepted even by my most challenging loved ones.
Most embarrassing yoga moment?
I was leading a class through Savasana when I spider decided to join in. Let me say I’m not a fan of creepy crawlies so I was completely caught off guard. I didn’t want to make noise to not startle everyone so I began to fan my notebook to blow it further away - though rather than fan it toward a wall, it was fanning to the foot of one my students! Rather than keep this up, I gently brought them back to seated before the spider made it’s way closer to anyone.
My favourite quote ever since I can remember: “What you seek is seeking you.” - Rumi
My surroundings. Pretty much everything. There’s been times when even a tv episode has inspired my practice.
What is your advice for new yoga students?
Your practice is your own, be gentle with yourself. Don’t push your body into places it hasn’t yet welcomed itself into. Make time for your practice but don’t beat yourself up about not making it everyday.