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Meet the Bala Yoga Team: Lorraine Perez

January 28 2014

Lorraine was first introduced to yoga in 2001 as a meditation practice. In 2003, she moved to Costa Rica, where she explored the physical aspect of yoga through Power Vinyasa, and she was hooked. In 2011, she completed her 200-hour teacher training with 8 limbs Yoga Centers in Seattle, Washington.

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Since 2012, she has been guiding yogic practitioners through challenging yet fun sequences with the intention of providing an environment in which they can unfold and unwind. The physical practice of yoga brings Lorraine a sense of inner peace and joy, which she hopes to embody off the mat and into the world.

Read on for a Q&A with our very own Lorraine Perez!

How/when did you begin practicing yoga?

My asana practice evolved from a meditation practice in 2001. I had recently survived cancer, moved to Costa Rica, and took up yoga as a physical practice. The power of the asanas began to slowly heal my body and mind.

What is your favorite part of teaching?

I love creating connection with the students; whether it is a smile, an adjustment, a song selection, or a pose, connection makes my heart sing. I also enjoy holding space for the practitioners to unwind: with the hope that they leave class feeling a little better than when they arrive.

What is your favorite pose?

Chaturanga dandasana: because after all these years, this pose still challenges, not defeats me. It is an asana I can come back to and refine, when working on more advanced arm balances and inversions. Chaturanga challenges my arms, legs, glutes, core, gaze, and breath.

What one piece of advice would you offer to new/aspiring yogis?

Be easy on yourself and (as best you can) try not to compare yourself to other yogis. Everyday is different. Some days we feel awesome, and other days not so much. And what you may be working on (your intention) is different from that of your neighbor. It’s easy to get caught up in the “I should be able to…” but remember, it’s just yoga. So have fun, strive to be your best, but allow yourself the permission to have those days when child’s pose is your best friend.

What one piece of advice would you offer to yogis considering Teacher Training?

I would say explore your options. If you resonate with a teacher or certain style, ask them about their training. If teacher training is a consideration for you, I would say it’s something to look into. There is a reason you are drawn to the training. Most trainees and yoga teachers say their trainings were life changing. So take your time, or plunge right in, and good luck! Namaste

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