Teacher Spotlight : Hilary Richard
What was your first yoga experience?
My first yoga experience was when I was around fourteen. I was thrown right into a fast-paced, hot and sweaty power yoga class... Yikes! Needless to say I was not very strong in my upper body back then and didn't even know what "core connection" was...
What made you become a yoga teacher?
When I first signed up for my training I literally was clueless. Clueless about whether or not I would actually teach one day, clueless about style variations, what I wanted in life, etc... It took a lot of experimentation, risk-taking, and learning to find where I fit as a teacher. I'm still not sure what my dharma is, but the whole "human being" and "lifelong student" thing makes that forgivable.
What is your favorite pose and why?
Oh jeez.. The only thing I have a favorite thing of is color, and while there isn't a green yoga pose, I guess it's safe to say my favorite is what I need at the time. I love hip openers, I love back bends, I love a challenge, I love a hard practice, and I like a soft and meditative practice. If you asked me TODAY what I like, I guess I'd say savasana ;)
Where do you draw inspiration from for your classes?
I draw inspiration from those "aha" moments I have when I practice. I draw inspiration from those who teach a very alignment-based, masculine practice, and those who teach a very internal and emotional feminine practice. I draw inspiration from seasoned yoga teachers, and from the exploration and new discoveries from first time yogis. I love fluid, creative movement. I love strengthening and challenging poses. I love basing classes on seasonal changes. I take from a lot of places and veer away from being a strict traditionalist. All of this seems to be working so far.
What are the most important elements of your own yoga practice?
I definitely value the physical and challenging aspects of my own practice, however I need my practice for things much deeper. I'm sensitive, I have doubts, I get overwhelmed and unsure of my feelings and thoughts and yoga just helps. It puts my head on straight. I need a practice that will help bring me in and out of my own head.
What is your favorite season and why?
Fall! I'm a Scorpio fall baby. I love the smell, I love the harvests, I love how nature makes room for new. I could do without pumpkin spice though.
What do you cherish the most?
I cherish the relationships I have in my life. I love my family. I love my animals. I love my friends.
"Not all who wander are lost" - J.R.R Tolkien