This week we got up close and personal with NYC native, Alanna Kaivalya. Check out what she had to say below:
Where do you currently live/primarily teach? I am fortunate to call New York City home and I travel around the world to teach. It is a particular joy to be able to teach in my home city and I'm thrilled to be a part of the Yoga Journal LIVE! event.
What first comes to mind when you think about NYC? EVERYTHING. We have everything here in New York. It's a magical place that way. If you're looking for the best Americano in the morning, salsa classes in the afternoon, yoga in the evening and a world-class dinner to finish it all off, we have it. And, ice skating, the best pizza ever and some of the coolest, most inspiring and ambitious citizens on the planet. I f*cking love my home town!
What’s it like teaching yoga in New York? It's intense! People here are not messing around. They know what they like and they know they can find it. Everyone is held to a very high standard in this city and there is a constant inspiration to stay on your edge. It's a wonderful place to teach and to be a student.
Best yoga pose for New Yorkers? The one that makes you move faster. :) We don't do slow in New York City.
What are you most excited about for this years YJ Live! event, and what will you be offering? Actually, I'm most excited about the fact that the debut of my newest book, Sacred Sound: Disovering the Myth & Meaning of Mantra & Kirtan (New World Library), will be at this event! I've been working super hard this last year on compiling a great resource of our favorite myths and mantras into this inspiration-packed resource for yoga teachers and students. Can't wait for people to finally see it at YJ LIVE!
Favorite thing to do in NYC outside of the studio? Have delicious craft cocktails with friends.
Go-to Big Apple “guilty-pleasure”? Well, I don't do guilt. But, I will admit to a mild obsession with the local craft food scene here in NYC - whether it be bourbon, chocolate or barbecue. Not necessarily in that order!
Anything else that you’d like to add about this year’s Yoga Journal LIVE! in NYC? Super psyched to be there. What's not to love about New York and Yoga Journal with some of the most forward-thinking minds in yoga today?