Featured Teacher: Gail Larned

Join Yoga on High teacher Gail Larned for a variety of open classes, including Hatha Mixed Level, Hatha Level 2, Modified Primary.

    

Why do you practice?
I practice because it keeps me centered and makes me a better teacher. We teach from what we know, so practice is important.

Why do you teach?
I can’t imagine not teaching. I’m constantly humbled by students who say my classes have changed their lives. I teach to help people find santosha and peace in their lives and bodies. I teach because I must.

Inspirations?
Nature, trees, my daughters. Georgia O’Keefe.

Who have you trained with?
I’ve been blessed to have studied with so many awesome teachers. Guruji, Rodney Yee, Tim Miller, David Swenson, Cyndi Lee. And Marcia Miller, my first serious teacher.

What style do you teach?
My background is Hatha, but from the time I first tasted Ashtanga, I was hooked. So, I teach both styles.

What’s your favorite food?
Crab. My grandson’s fav too. He’s 6.

Do you own any animals?
We have Ruby, our calico kitty. We’ve had Black Labs, but are currently dog-less.

What’s on your playlist right now?
Crosby, Stills and Nash’s first album. I’m a child of the Beatles. I love all the old rock n roll. Krishna Das, Bob James and David Sanborn. I also enjoy classical music, esp. piano.

Favorite yoga pose?
easy pose -- Paschimottasana hard pose -- Ardha Chandrasana

Favorite quote?
“Practice and all is coming” Pattabi Jois

What would you call yourself if you could choose your own name?
Santoshi. I love the concept and it has a nice ring to it.

Your favorite item of clothing?
My cowboy boots that are falling apart.

What word describes you best?
Optimistic

What drives you every day?
Going out there to see what’s going to unfold.

What book(s) are you currently reading?
Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar and Emmanuel’s Book III

Who do you admire?
Barack Obama

What is your mission?
To be Love in the world.

What is the kindest thing anyone has done for you?
That’s a hard one. There are so many angels in my life. I’d have to say my husband for sticking by me through the hard times.

Fun fact about you?
I’m a direct descendent of Lady Godiva.

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