Green Yogi of the Month Berkeley: Edi Pfeiffer

We are so excited to honor Edi Pfeiffer as our Manduka Sponsored Green Yogi of the month for October! In just over 7 months Edi has taken over 80 classes at the studio and we are continuously inspired by her positive energy and love for yoga. Congratulations Edi!

Edi Pfeiffer YOM

OCCUPATION: Family Practice Homeopath, Mother

FUN FACT ABOUT YOU: I’m a second generation Northern Californian. Not realizing how lucky I was, when I was 20 I waitressed and saved enough money to visit friends in England and ended up travelling through Europe and living there for four years. I found out about and started studying homeopathy there, lived in some beautiful places, including a tiny valley in Wales (Cwm Coile) in a farmhouse with two meadows, a garden, a spring and small river all surrounded by wooded hills. This is where I had the first of my three daughters quite a few years ago! Since I came back, I’ve been quite happy to live here, although I love being in other places and experiencing life from other perspectives.

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE INSTRUCTOR AND WHY?  That is such a hard question to answer! I’ve enjoyed and gotten something different from every instructor I’ve had at Green Yogi. They each have a special way of leading their classes—my overall impression is that Mary’s are hard core and philosophical, Christie’s are playful and sweaty, Megan’s are instructive and technical, Reba’s are fun and gentle, Maria Christina’s are beautiful and mystical, Naushon’s are practical and challenging, Kari’s are deep and relaxing, Marina’s are grounded and creative. I just have to say I feel lucky that we had Broderick for the time we did; his relaxation classes were lovely! I miss him and his sweet bells during Shavasana. I feel I’ve been give a precious gift after each teachers’ class.

WHAT IS YOUR INTENTION FOR YOUR YOGA PRACTICE? I want to feel grounded and calm, to take a break from my stressful life. Being a health care practitioner and a mother of a teenager means I’m there for other people a good part of the time, so yoga is important for my self-care. The added benefits of looking and feeling more healthy and fit, having more endurance and desire to move throughout my day are huge.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE YOGA POSE? I have three favorite poses: Malasana, Sphinx and Half pigeon just because my body feels so good when I do them. My favorite challenging poses are Warrior II and any of the one-legged balancing poses. When I’m strong and steady in them I love that feeling of accomplishment!

WHAT SONG SHOULD BE ON EVERY YOGA PLAYLIST? Om Mani Padme Om

WHAT INSPIRES YOU? Being as healthy as I can be and helping everyone I can to do the same. Hanging out with other people who are inspired by this. Seeing Green Yogi thrive with the positive loving management of Mary and her amazing team. Community, good food, growing things, swimming in rivers, running on the beach, creating…

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PRACTICING AND HOW HAS YOGA IMPROVED YOUR LIFE? I remember teaching yoga while I was in high school as an assignment to teach something we loved. That’s a lot of years ago (I’m not saying)! For a few years in my thirties I had a regular Kundalini practice, I remember feeling like I was floating at the end of those classes. I hadn’t been a regular yogi for many years, but I’ve gotten much stronger and more flexible since I started at Green Yogi in January. I’m more calm and able to handle the day to day. I’d like to live a long and healthy life since there’s still a lot I’d like to accomplish and experience and my yoga practice is a big part of that.

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