Sunday, November 17, 2013

At the front of the Room: Cara Cooley

Students come to her class to groove to the knockout playlists, to be moved by her magnetic personality and to be reminded that laughter is just as essential to yoga as any asana. Cara Cooley, is just one of our multi-talented, creative teachers at New York Yoga. In case you have never found the time to chat with her after class or hang with her after a performance, here's a few things Cara has to share with you.  

Why did you decide to become a yoga teacher?
Cara: I started doing yoga a lot on the road when I was touring with a musical. I started doing podcasts in my hotel room. I found I was able to stay grounded and healthy even in the extreme lifestyle being on the road creates. I came back to NYC and decided to get my teacher training so I could share what I had learned with others. 

Did you ever imagine doing something else? 
- I actually never really thought I would be a yoga teacher! I'm so glad I did though. I've been continually amazed how I've been pushed and challenged as a person in the process of teaching. 

What is the most challenging aspect of teaching?
- The most challenging part of teaching is learning that you really have nothing you can teach to anyone. I just try to create a safe, inspirational environment where I hope students can learn and grow. 

What is your favorite pose?
- My favorite pose always changes! Right now I'm into backbends so I love king pigeon. 

What is the most important lesson you have learned through your practice?
- The most important thing I've probably learned is still evolving and it's the ability to walk towards challenges in life without fear. To persevere and never give up. 

What inspires you most?
- I'm so inspired by music.

Do you have any talents your students may not know about?
- I play in a band! 

What is one thing you would like your students to know?
- I'd like all my students to know I'm so honored for the opportunity to lead them through their practice. 

You can catch a class with Cara at New York Yoga HOT:
Sundays: 8:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Mondays: 5:15 p.m.
Fridays: 6:35 p.m.