Our teachers come in many shapes and forms, throughout our lives (and lifetimes). Sometimes, we get to know them personally, becoming friends, learning of their journeys through life, their joys and sorrows, hopes and disappointments. Other times, our relationships with our teachers are more formal: Teacher and student, provider of wisdom and vessel that receives it.
My friend tells me of one teacher she had — and I’m sure this will resonate with many of you — that always seemed to know exactly what she needed to hear and what her body needed to do. She’d wake up for this 6 a.m. class five days a week, and every single class this teacher would give just the right dharma talk and asana class that the student needed. When the student asked the teacher how she always knew, the teacher smiled and said, “It’s not me — I’m just the channel. And something knows what you need. It’s being sent through me.”
Once per month, we’ll be featuring one of Montezuma’s teachers so you can get to know them a little better, or a little more. Please feel free to post questions for future blogs on our Facebook page!
This month, we’re featuring Eva Marie Lowry. Read more below.
Describe your teaching style in five words.
Authentic, heart-centered, well-balanced.
How has Yoga changed your life?
I am deeply grateful for yoga and how it has helped to heal my mind, body, and spirit. It has given me true inner peace and connected me to my authentic voice. This beautiful practice has helped me to let go of those things that no longer serve me and it’s created space for me to grow into the highest version of myself.
What is your favorite pose?
My favorite standing posture is Dancer pose. I love how beautiful and strong I feel while trying to balance on one leg.
Least favorite pose?
Honestly, I don’t have a least favorite, although there are too many to list that are super challenging for me…. haha!
When and how did you find Yoga?
I did a little bit of yoga for a couple of months in 2006 when I was training for a marathon and it planted a seed but didn’t stick… I was still in a competitive frame of mind from running. It wasn’t until five years later, after multiple knee injuries and a herniated and ruptured disc, that I walked into a yoga class again. It was 8 AM on New Year’s Day 2011 and while I was in class it just all seemed to make sense and I wanted a healthy, injury-free body again. I loved how I kept coming back to get physically well, but the side effect was that it calmed my mind, opened my heart, and brought me back to my soul.
Share one piece of wisdom you wish you’d have known earlier.
Everything that shows up in life is of our own manifestation, to be deeply experienced and to teach us something. Always find gratitude and ask, ‘What am I supposed to learn from this?’
Some others that I love are:
Let go of control knowing that I am fully supported by the universe.
Never come from a place of fear for it is the opposite of love.
Forgive and love myself so that I can authentically do that with others.
Always be in a place of deep gratitude, it is the energy that deeply connects us to everyone and everything.
Thanks to Eva Marie for her beautiful answers! Stay tuned for our next Ask a Yogi blog.