8 Limbs is pleased to publish Teacher Profiles to help you to know and learn from the amazing group of 8 Limbs Yoga Teachers. This month we profile Misha Kellner-Rogers who teaches at 8 Limbs Phinney Ridge & 8 Limbs Wedgwood. Misha will also teach a New Year’s Day Mindful Yoga Practice.
Tell us about the first yoga class you took. I was in high school and using the gym as a way to stay healthy and in my body. I now see my view of health was based on a standard that I would never be! At the gym, there was a woman offering yoga classes (which at the time was uncommon). She was amazing. I thought ‘great’ an opportunity to work our more, in a different way! In that first yoga class, I connected to something wiser than who I knew myself to be; I felt my breath and my heart and my own capacity to be with myself. Something happened in that first class and I remember saying to myself, I want this in my life.
What do you remember of the first yoga class you taught. I remember that there were people there! Not only were they there, they were following my instructions and they were breathing! That is definitely what I remember. I also remember a wall of big mirrors and the sound of thump-thump-thump coming from the runners below!
Who/what are your teachers? Why? I have had and continue to have many teachers- to give them all credit on this page seems cumbersome, and perhaps impossible. I had some amazing teachers at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, namely Jovinna Chan. Jovinna is a free thinker and beautiful mover- she taught me so much about movement and self-expression with such a fierce tenderness. Sarah Powers has a huge influence on my practice and teaching. Sarah introduced me to yin yoga and mindfulness, which continue to inform and impact my life. I have new teachers every day and look forward to discovering more. Seattle and specifically 8 limbs have teachers that I learn from all of the time, they receive my most humble bow! Teaching and the community it has created is a huge teacher for me.
Currently inspired by: My current inspiration is life; the shadow and light of life. I am inspired to see and move beyond the binary way of thinking and being. Kahil Gibran states,“For the self is boundless and measureless”- this possibility and exploration inspire me. Our individual willingness to be and let each other be ‘boundless and measureless’ feels necessary for our collective survival and evolution. Exploring the body and nervous system through bodywork and self -study continue to keep me interested and in awe and all of the amazing, intelligent willing bodies that allow me to explore with them! The earth and planets and YOU inspire me. I am truly inspired, to the very core of my being, by those who help me look at my own privilege and by those who stand up to all forms of oppression! The willingness to look at oneself inspires me.
My Current Yoga Practice: I get to the yoga mat a few times a day, even if it is only for 20 minutes. When I drop into my bones and breath to explore and feel, doing less really does offer me more. Longer held poses as well as breath practices happen on the daily. My sitting practice, in which I’m just cultivating basic attention and being, give me daily support. I have also been prioritizing getting to class, and that feels like such a gift!
Hobbies: Spending time with friends is always grounding, inspiring and healing. Looking at my collection of crystals and getting new ones has become a bit of a hobby. I like to pet my cats and talk about how cute and sweet they are. Going to discovery park is always so magical! I love food and eating, yum! Learning about the body, yes please! And of course, all things queer!
Current Books: The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk had a huge impact on me. The Golden Compass series is one of my favorites. I always have a pile of half read books that I continue to work on, on the top are The Myth of Sysyphus and The Temple of my Familiar.
What helps me healthy: Breathing and Stretching. Feeling and understanding my feelings. Sharing! Stepping outside of my comfort zone. Taking tinctures and Vitamin C. Touch and connection.
Favorite Recipe: The truth is one of my weaknesses is following a recipe; I’m really no good at it and maybe it’s because I don’t try too hard. I appreciate what is created when others follow recipes and I get to eat their creations!
Misha has such respect for the 8 Limbs community; your willingness, openness and deep investment in feeling into your being help Misha grow, thank you. You are such leaders!
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Join Misha on New Year’s Day for a Mindful Yoga Workshop at the Wedgwood studio. Each person present will help us to create a unique and sacred container in which we can practice being who we are here to be. We will engage in practices for the mind and body to really clarify what most currently wants your attention.