Naomi Norman

Our amazing teacher of the month is Naomi Norman! Naomi believes the practice of yoga can and should be accessible to everybody and every kind of body. Her approach is to guide you in moving safely and joyfully through your asana practice, with meticulous attention to alignment and breath. Beyond that, she hopes to open the door to show how a yoga practice on the mat can help transform your life off the mat. Here are a few quick Q&As about our #TovamiTribe member!

Q: Tell us a bit about how you found yoga?

A: When my younger daughter Anna (now 24) was about 6 months old, I found a local yoga studio that offered babysitting. I would schlep her (and my sleep-deprived body) to class once a week. The instructor was Iyengar trained, and she would hold us in down dog for what seemed like an eternity, while she nit-picked each student’s alignment. It was pure torture…and perfect training for a yoga-teacher-to-be. More importantly, it was an oasis of calm for a time when I had a toddler, a new baby and was taking care of a very ill mother. So yes, yoga saved me…then and now.

Q: What can someone expect when coming to your class?

A: My yin classes are an opportunity to quiet the mind and tune in to the wisdom of the body. Yin works on a very deep physical and spiritual level -- lengthening connective tissue and opening energetic pathways. Poses are held longer so there is more time for reflection and self-discovery. I love to share music, poetry and philosophy to add to the meditative quality of the practice.

Q: What’s something about you that no one would expect?

A: Long ago, in what seems like another lifetime, I wrote television commercials for big, national brands like Nestle, Clairol and Kodak (back when people used actual cameras with real film). Also, I'm a stickler for proper grammar. One of my favorite books, Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss, is about punctuation and it’s laugh out loud funny. Really.