Teacher Spotlight : Willa Worsfold

What was your first yoga experience?

After the birth of my second child I went to a "Yoga Sampler" at a local club in Chicago. I fell in love with that which kicked my butt the most -- at the time,  Ashtanga yoga. 

What made you become a yoga teacher?

Oh, I never planned on being a teacher! However the practice of yoga and meditation helped me heal my back injury and calm my mind, and I really can't keep from sharing that strength and joy with others. 

What is your favorite pose and why?

That depends...

I like to do pigeon pose at the kitchen sink whilst washing dishes.

I like to sit Uptavistha Konasana style (wide leg forward fold) while working on my laptop.

Headstands have allowed me many times to clear my mind and, once or twice, remember where I put my keys!

Where do you draw inspiration from for your classes?

Poetry has become essential to the feel of my classes. It has always amazed me how the same 26 letters can be used to create such simple beauty, pure emotion, and profound insight. 

What are the most important elements of your own yoga practice?

I wallow in learning new ways to move, as well as new ways to think. I participate in extensive workshops in person and online to absorb some of the knowledge of others. The physical practice can almost instantly heal the body's woes; the meditational practice builds a more resilient mind. And as with anything, the more we teach it- the more it teaches us.

What is your favorite season and why?

Anything but February/March! A good season is one where I can be outdoors as much as possible. That being said, the gorgeous (but debilitating) snowstorms of 2014 forced me to stay in and finally learn: 1) how to use the TV remote control, thus lessening my dependence on my children to help me find Downton Abbey, Bob's Burgers and Peaky Blinders episodes. AND 2) the patience to sit and watch them!

What do you cherish the most?

Community is essential. But family over everything.

Favorite quote?

“Pay attention. 
Be astonished. 
And tell about it. 
We are soaked in distractions. The world didn’t have to be beautiful. 
We can and should think about that beauty and be grateful."     -Mary Oliver 

Practice with Willa

Willa teaches Vinyasa on Thursdays from 9:30 - 10:45 am, followed by a Midday Meditation from 11-11:30.  Read Willa's full bio here.