Featured Teacher: Angie Hay

Angie Hay has been practicing yoga since 1998, and it was love at first Savasana. She teaches Hatha Level 1 on Tuesdays at 5:45 and Om Vinyasa on Saturdays at 8:30.

Why do you practice?
I practice because I want a strong healthy body to carry me forward in life. I practice because the body is a mystery to me and I can catch glimpses of its truth on my mat. I practice because I don’t like how not practicing feels. I practice because there is a jabbering “insect” inside my brain that will occasionally hush if I can stay with the practice long enough.

Why do you teach?
I teach because it took me years to understand that I was allowed to use my body. I have never looked like a basketball player or a ballet dancer or a yoga model, and I thought that meant that my body was only meant to read books and stay still. A magical teacher helped me understand that even the movements of my imperfect body could be beautiful and right, and I feel a responsibility to stand in front of people in my skin and try to spread that message as far as it will go.

Kurt Vonnegut. Inga Muscio. Emma Goldman. Carolena Nericcio. Isadora Duncan. Aaron Cometbus. Inanna. Kali. Ganesh.

What’s your favorite food?
I switched over the vegan eating earlier this year, so you can add the word vegan in front of any dessert name and I’ll be all about it. Also avocado, almond butter, and veggie sushi night at Hal & Al’s.

What’s on your playlist right now?
I am listening to Pilgrimage (MC Yogi) and Jahta Beat: the Lotus Memoirs (DJ Drez) and I can’t get enough. When I’m not in the mood for yoga music, it’s Ladacris, the Twilight Singers, or an incredible bellydance band named Helm.

Favorite yoga pose?
Vrschikasana, Scorpion Pose. I can’t do it, but I have promised myself that if I ever I can, I’m going to throw a party and make all my friends congratulate me.

What is your favorite TV show of all time?
My So-Called Life. If you were a teenager in the 90s, you already know.

Your favorite item of clothing?
Hoodie dresses make me weak in the knees. I thought I loved hoodies, but when I met the hoodie dress, it was a whole new story.

What did you want to be when you were little?
When I was in the 2nd grade, I wanted to be president, but a helpful boy classmate told me that women aren’t allowed to do that job. Twenty-eight years later, I am still waiting for him to be proven wrong. After that, I planned to be a talented-but-impoverished writer, kind of like Edgar Allen Poe. By the time I got to high school, I had started playing bass guitar and felt pretty confident that the whole rock star thing was right around the corner. It wasn’t.

What is your mission?
My mission is to expand the concepts of health and beauty to include more than just a certain weight, a certain race, a certain age. I want to blow the roof off of all that by helping people unlock the magic that they keep hidden out of fear. I want a world in which everyone can look at his or her mirror with a wink and a bit of a smile.

What is the kindest thing anyone has ever done for you?
My life was literally, utterly, and delightfully changed when I met my partner, Zach Beery. His commitment to supporting my dreams, allowing my fluctations, and creating a happy home have over the last 12 years become the deep roots of everything I try to do. I’m a lucky girl and have been the recipient of lots of generosity and kindness in my life, but that one just takes the cake.

4 Responses to Featured Teacher: Angie Hay
  1. Brandi

    Beautiful, Angie. You and the blog post. 🙂 <3

  2. Molly

    We love Angie’s classes!

  3. Christina Providence

    Angie Hay, you are the best!!

  4. Emily

    LOVE your classes, Angie!