Featured Teacher: Janet Braden

Why do you practice?
I practice to become a better person.  Practicing yoga brings me a deeper sense of calm, inner strength, balance and a clearer perspective on EVERYTHING.  I have more to offer others when I practice.

Why do you teach?
I want to share all of the benefits that I gain from yoga (and Pilates) with others.

Inspirations?
I am inspired by my family -- my husband and two children.  I am inspired by my students, my teachers, my friends and nature.

Who have you trained with?
Linda, Marcia and Martha and the rest of the amazing teachers at YoHi.   Tim Miller, Maty Ezraty, Cyndi Lee, David Swenson, Richard Freeman, Doug Keller and Rodney Yee.

What style do you teach?
I teach Vinyasa, Prenatal and Mommy & Baby yoga.  I also teach Stott Pilates.

What’s your favorite food?
Anything spicy!  I LOVE Thai food, coconut, avocados and dried mangos (the ones rolled in chile powder are delicious!).

What’s your nickname?
Mom!!!!!!’

Do you own any animals?
As of now we have 4 siamese cats : Isis, Duncan, Zeus & Buddha, and 1 shepherd mix dog : Helios.

What’s on your playlist right now?
KMFDM, the Pixies, Bob Marley & Fleetwood Mac.  I love 60’s and 70’s music (the Beatles, the Doors, Marvin Gaye).

What’s your favorite yoga accessory?
My turquoise Manduka mat -- it reminds me of the ocean.

What style influences your teaching?
Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Pilates.

Favorite yoga pose?
I am fascinated with handstands right now and having lots of fun practicing them at home.  I enjoy all arm balances -- they remind me that a good sense of humor is a wonderful thing to have while practicing and also they make me feel like I am about 5 yrs. old (when we used to roll down large hills just for fun).

Favorite quote?

‘Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, your right.’ -- Henry Ford

What is your favorite TV show of all time?
House Hunters International.

What did you want to be when you were little?
A ballerina or a marine biologist.

In the animal kingdom, which animal would you be?
Definitely a cat.

Best trip you’ve taken, or dream trip you’d like to take?
I went on a cruise to Mexico and Jamaica with my Grandma when I was in my early twenties.  The entire trip was incredible and I will always hold dear the adventure that we had together.

What drives you every day?
Coffee :-).  Half joking on that  :-).  I guess trying to be the best person I can be whether it is Mom, wife, student, friend or teacher (all parts of ‘me’).  Every morning when I wake up my son, I say ‘It’s a brand new day!’, and we go from there.

Whom do you admire?
People who show kindness to others without requiring personal gain for themselves.

What is your mission?
To try to make a positive difference in people’s lives.

What is the kindest thing anyone has done for you?
My husband turned me into a Wife and Mother.

Fun fact about you?
I could eat wasabi on just about anything and I am afraid of bugs.

What books are you reading right now?
The Ikea 2013 catalogue -- trying to find ideas on how to become a bit more organized at home!  I am also spending quite a bit of time ( A LOT) searching online for new recipes.  My husband and I are eating ‘Caveman style’ (natural foods) and it has been an interesting process.  Fun to try new things and see what makes ‘the cut’.

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One Response to Featured Teacher: Janet Braden
  1. Amy Jeske

    Janet- you make me smile! Love you!