Bree, our E-comms work study, sat down with Connie Causa to find out more about her yoga journey.
When did you start practicing yoga?
At the age of 17 I had my first yoga class, a Kundalini practice with lots of breathing and I remember feeling super high on life after that. Then I continued to explore different styles of yoga, my oldest sister was a big motivator and inspiration.
What other practices do you incorporate into your life besides Asanas?
I love incorporating other practices in life. At the moment I do meditation, Wim Hof, which is an awesome, simple breathing technique. I'm learning and practicing Cha Dao "The Way of Tea." It’s an ancient Chinese practice that cultivates awakened presence, and I also serve cacao in ceremonies, another way to cultivate presence and learn from a plant teacher.
Where did you study? What style?
I first studied a form of Hatha yoga that is practiced on a hot room. I did that in the USA. My practice was very eclectic, so I decided to study the art of sequencing with Noah Maze in Bali. I also studied in Chile to become an Aerial yoga teacher, a form of yoga where the majority of the postures use a hammock as a prop.
What is the pose you find the most challenging for your body/mind? Why?
It might sound weird, but I am challenged with Savasana or "dead body pose." Like there is a part of me that is anticipating for what's next, so when I'm in Savasana my mind gets a bit fragile and I have to bring extra effort to stay present.
How do you take your practice off the mat?
I believe our practice gets reflected in life. If I’m working with patience on the mat it is almost automatic that I will feel more patience off the mat, and same with any other qualities like stamina, presence, acceptance, lightness, simplicity, etc.
Speaking of off the mat, what do you do with your time outside of the yoga studio?
I love making and drinking tea and cacao at home, especially now that I live in Titirangi. What a spectacular place to live with all the walks around! I feel pretty blessed. I love spending time with my 5-year-old daughter, Luna, and exploring what's around; dancing, travelling and festivals are our favorites.
Tell us about your new class on Tuesday at 6pm?
This class is a meditation practice guided by Cacao, drinking this plant elixir is such a delicious way to get together and practice contemplation.
Please honor your CURIOSITY and come :)
What do you want your students or future students to know about you?
That I'm a South American force of nature ready to share and serve my passion for life.
Welcome Connie! We are glad to have you with us!