Interview: Lyndsey Bishop
An Interview with Lyndsey Bishop
Tell me about your yoga background.
I remember when I was little, maybe six or so, I found a yoga book that belonged to my Mom and I stared playing around with all the magical shapes. I was a gymnast most of my life so yoga appealed to me in a way that always seemed very natural. When I stopped competing in gymnastics, I transitioned into yoga as a way to actually heal my body from years of wear and tear, and bring myself back into healthy alignment. In 2009 I enrolled in my first teacher training.
What are you working on right now in your practice and/or in your life?
As far as practice goes, it’s a continuous evolution. From an asana perspective right now, I am really into slow vinyasa. I used to think that moving fast meant that I working harder, but when I began to slow everything down I realized there was so much more to uncover – physically, mentally and spiritually. I have an amazing yoga teacher and mentor, Hali Schwartz, who I have been with for almost a decade. I am deeply connected to the more traditional aspects of yoga philosophy and meditation. I always teach and practice from this space.
What are you most proud of?
Being part of such a dedicated and enthusiastic yoga community who keep coming back to the mat to practice with me week after week, year after year – I learn as much from them as they do from me. It’s pretty awesome.
What is the most important thing that you want students to learn or know about practicing yoga?
There are many reasons that people practice yoga. For some it may be to increase strength and flexibility, while for others it may be about connecting more deeply to the spiritual aspects of the practice. All reasons are valid. Keep practicing – there are infinite layers of opportunity to uncover.
What is your most favourite thing to do in life?
Teach, practice and travel – if I can do all three at the same time, even better!
What is your least favourite thing to do in life?
I’m annoyingly positive so I’ll have to get back to you on that one, lol.