Teacher Spotlight : Angela Amara Bassiri
What was your first yoga experience?
The first time I arrived onto a yoga mat was in 2001. I was fresh out of college doing the "work hard, play hard" thing in New York City and thought it would be a good idea to do a little exercise. That first class was an Ashtanga class, and while I was feeling pretty clueless throughout the practice, savasana was amazing! I was instantly drawn to the physical and energetic experience yoga offered and soon started coming to my mat daily.
What made you become a yoga teacher?
I enrolled in a 200 hour training as a student looking to deepen my practice and explore yoga beyond the asanas. I attended a month-long immersion training where the trainees bunked together, ate lovingly prepared food and looked at life through the lens of yoga. It was such a rich and beautiful experience. It wasn't until I returned to my “real life” that I realized my journey would include sharing yoga with others. Teaching became an integral part of my practice and my commitment to practice evolves my teaching. They serve each other.
What is your favorite pose and why?
Padahastasana (gorilla pose) and Dhanurasana (bow pose). I think I just like connecting my hands and feet!
Where do you draw inspiration from for your classes?
I draw inspiration from universal truths, nature, love, joy, struggle and from my teacher.
What are the most important elements of your own yoga practice?
The most important element for me is having an intention. The more I incorporate intention, theme or contemplation into the physical practice, the more I see results off the mat. Thats the magic of yoga. Over time you can shift your default patterns, reactions, emotions and sense of being simply by moving your body, consciously breathing and planting little seeds into the soul. Its crazy and its true.
What is your favorite season and why?
The fall. Its a feast for the senses. I love the crisp morning air, the low-hanging sun and the colors and sounds of the dry, falling leaves. I also love fall harvest foods - apples, squashes, potatoes, hearty greens and root veggies. Mmmmmm
What do you cherish the most?
Family. The family my husband and I have created; the families we each come from; and our dearest friends who are like family.
Eastern Body Western Mind by Anodea Judith is a book I come back to again and again.
"I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul." ~ Rumi