Interview: Liza Rohn
September is National Yoga month! So we thought you might want to learn a little bit more about our Ann Arbor Barre Bee Fit yoga instructors, and their insights on this form of exercise. First up: Liza Rohn.
Liza has been practicing yoga since 2008, and teaching since 2010. She has been teaching at the Ann Arbor Barre Bee Fit studio for 5 months, helping us learn (and sweat) in the hot room. Here are some of the insights gleaned from talking with her:
How & why Liza got started: Liza began running more, and began yoga to stretch more effectively. She was hooked from her first yoga class, and really appreciates how much yoga has helped her get in tune with her body. One thing that she has found fascinating and helpful is that if a certain muscle is very tense, it is sometimes better to stretch the muscle opposite to the tense muscle.
Think yoga’s not for you?
If you have taken a yoga class, but did not feel that it pushed you, or would work for you as an exercise regimen, it is possible that all you need to do is try taking a class with a different teacher. Liza fell in love with yoga immediately, and attributes this positive experience to being lucky enough to have had the right teacher, for her.
Liza’s favorite pose: Extended Side Angle
Another great pose is downward dog, which works the entire body, and is very beginner friendly!
Sharing dirty secrets – what yoga poses are your least favorite?
For Liza, it’s the balancing poses.
What instruction does Liza find herself saying often while teaching hot baryasa?
“Breathe” – Breathing is important in all exercises, but in yoga, you really focus on the breath. This focus helps you think about your body and your form, strengthening your mind-body connection.
“Take a break if you need it” – Your body is different every day, and it is important to pay attention to what your body needs rather than competing with the other students in the class. In fact, the toughest class that Liza ever experienced was one in which she pushed herself too hard, resulting in her waking up the next morning feeling more sore than if she had run or lifted weights.
Watch your form!
One of the most common form issues Liza sees is misalignment of the hips and knees. Pay attention to these areas while doing yoga, and if you are not sure if your form needs to be corrected or not, ask your yoga instructor!
Try a lot of different teachers. All teachers have different styles, and these different styles will result in your having a different experience. Whether you love a certain teacher’s class and teaching style or hate it, make sure to continue seeking out those new experiences.
And ask questions!