01 May Ana Rogers
I came across DMY almost five years ago when I was walking home from the metro. I imagined that it must be a fusion between dancing and yoga so I decided to try it out. Within the first 5 minutes into my first class, I felt like a fish out of water as the teacher was calling poses in Sanskrit and telling us to engage all sorts of different body parts I had never heard of! Although I had convinced myself that it was too challenging for me, I found myself back there two days later, ready to try again. Around that time, I was going through a lot of personal change and I started to realize how practicing at DMY, despite feeling completely over exerted and frequently lost, helped me find peacefulness and a sense of awareness. I was so surprised that an endeavor which I intended to be solely physical was impacting more than just my (lack of) muscle tone. Once I realized how powerful these tools could be, I decided I wanted to learn more. I took the TAC program in the summer of 2012 and a few months later signed up for the Teacher Training program.
I love this practice because it truly shows you that there is so much we are capable of, both on and off the mat. The awareness that this practice has brought to my life has shaped my outlook on life and my relationships. As an assistant, I hope to bring ease to students that may feel “out of water” (as I did), but most of all, to simply be a part of a community where we encourage breathing, being present and enjoying the journey one day at a time! Namaste.