Yoga Q+A with Maya Moverman

Meet Maya Moverman, one of our coveted yoga instructors here at Standard Dose. Maya brings a light and wit to each class and aims to share that with guests in attendance. Read on to discover what brought Maya to yoga and why she continued her practice.

Q: What led you to yoga and how long have you been teaching?
A: I’ve been teaching for about four years, and I began practicing several years before that. I was drawn to yoga during an unhealthy time in my life; the practice appealed to me because I felt uncomfortable within my body. It seemed that yoga could fix my perceived problems: like all the women carrying their mats around the city, I would become thin, beautiful, and confident. That’s what got me into the studio.

If you have a sustained relationship with any modality, what originally led you to the practice shouldn’t be the only thing that still keeps you in the practice. Thankfully, I’m no longer motivated by the need to fix myself; instead, I continue to practice because it empowers me within my own body. Yoga provides me with tools to access my full potential, ignite my creativity, feel buoyant, and enjoy life.

Q: When you first started yoga personally, what was the biggest challenge you had to overcome?
A: The poses were all challenging, and many of them still are. The biggest overarching challenge was that I had never trusted my body before; it felt very vulnerable to try to embody these unfamiliar shapes in public.

Q: When you first started to teach yoga, what was the biggest challenge you had to overcome?
A: I was terrified of being seen and being heard. 

Q: What can someone expect when they attend a yoga class with you?
A: A creative practice that draws from the fluency of Vinyasa, and the theory and structural integrity of Katonah Yoga. I generally incorporate some combination of breathwork, restorative yoga, and meditation. Adjustments galore, always. A handful of dark jokes. 

Q: What's the potential for CBD as a part of yoga?
A: It likely depends on the person, as everyone responds to these things differently, but I think that the most significant benefit of CBD is that it helps assuage anxiety, which can support you in transitioning from the state of fight-or-flight (sympathetic nervous system) to that of rest-and-digest (parasympathetic nervous system).

Q: What, in your opinion, are a couple of the biggest benefits of yoga?
A: The benefits are multifaceted, but ultimately yoga is an opportunity to participate in your own wellbeing. Through an informed practice, you make space for your organs and optimize your body’s function. You use the intentional manipulation of your physiology to make more of your life conscious, collecting techniques that you can employ to meet yourself where you are, and to recalibrate: to whip yourself up, to cool yourself down, to be sociable, to be creative, to be contemplative, to be introspective. You learn to efficiently transition between states of effort and grace.

Q: What's your biggest piece of advice for anyone starting yoga?
A: It takes time to hear the words and put them in your body, and you don’t need to rush that process; be patient while you make effort. Ask questions. Put yourself in the middle of the room so you have people to look to on every side. Don’t wear socks.

Q: How do you want people to feel when they leave your yoga class?
A: Vibrant. Attuned to what’s going on around and within themselves. Empowered.