Interview: Vishana Lodhia

An Interview with Vishana Lodhia

Tell me about your yoga background.

I started practicing as a child in our cultural Sunday school. We followed the Shivananda Hatha Yoga practice. I never really wanted to be a teacher; speaking in front of groups always made me nervous. In 2007 I did my first official training. Finally after months I taught a few classes and I realized that I had a different voice in the community and found a style that works for me and that feels authentic to my roots and my personal practice.

What are you working on right now in your practice and/or in your life?

Keeping balance, not getting too wrapped up into a particular routine. Making time for the people who matter and making sure I continue my personal practice, my meditation, and my art.

Who do you admire and why?

Hard question, at the moment I am very much obsessed with James Turrell’s Roden Crater project and I really want to go and see it in real life. I think that if you can mix art with meaning and design with an idea of spirituality, space and time you are doing all of the things that I am working on in a way that is life-changing and revolutionary. I have a lot of hobbies and ideas and I am forever wondering what the meaning is and how do all of the things I do affect one another for a greater good.

What is the most important thing that you want students to learn in your classes?

Nothing should be taken so seriously that you stop achieving your goals because you feel like you are behind in your own made-up timeline. Nothing happens quickly, don’t quit anything – it probably deserves a break and the answer may take a lifetime.

What is your spirit animal?

Camels, Llamas and Alpacas. I kinda look like them…

If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

This would take me too long to answer!