INTERVIEW WITH: Dreena Burton
Can you tell us about your background?
I’m a mother, with three girls ages 18, 14, and 10. My youngest girl cuddles me in savasana and we call it “hugasana”! I’m also a plant-based cookbook author, have been developing recipes about 20 years.
What brought you to yoga?
I began years ago, for fitness. I had a VHS tape (!) and used it repeatedly. Later, I did prenatal yoga and that sparked a new interest. A few years ago, I connected more deeply with yoga after a challenging time in my life.
Why did you decide to become a teacher?
For my own exploration, loving the practice and feeling an inner ‘drive’ to learn about alignment and pose basics. Throughout the process, I learned so much more!
What do you love most about teaching?
When I feel class members “connect” with a pose or movement. Also, taking in a class immersed in savasana is a special thing.
What is your favorite pose?
So hard! Like asking me which is my favourite child… depends on the day. ;)
Top picks: supine twist, sphinx pose, and cat/cow barrel rolls.
What should students expect from you?
1) to feel welcome and supported in class
2) some yin yoga influence and/or a dash of core strengthening
3) rarely a chaturanga! (and possibly some corny humor… apologies in advance!)
What do you want your students to take away from your teachings?
To simply enjoy moving and breathing.
Proudest yoga moment?
After one of my first classes a student thanked me saying it was “just what she needed” that day.
Most embarrassing yoga moment?
Wearing my yoga pants backwards in class. Wasn’t the first time, and won’t be the last!
Comparison is the thief of joy. (Theodore Roosevelt)
Yoga inspiration? How I feel during and after yoga inspires me to go to my mat. The teachers I met through yoga teacher training have inspired me to teach.
What is your advice for new yoga students?
Every body is different, and day to day your own body feels different. Tune into your body during practice. Your body, your process, your practice.