We are so excited to honor Risa Delappe as our Manduka Sponsored Yogi of the month for January! Since she joined us at The Green Yogi last May, she has taken nearly 100 classes! Her sweet and grounded disposition continues to inspire everyone in the Green Yogi Tribe. We are honored to have you in our yoga family, Risa!
OCCUPATION: Expressive Arts Therapist (MFT) and Yoga teacher
FUN FACT ABOUT ME: I’ve lived in California for the past 12 years. Two of those were in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and one of those was at a lighthouse. After some great adventures, I stayed for grad school in San Francisco and then gradually, Berkeley became my home.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE INSTRUCTOR AND WHY? I love all the teachers at Green Yogi! But, Megan Spencer-King was my first. I love how passionate she is about sharing her knowledge of yoga, and how she encourages and fosters an inward gaze while practicing! She has a fierce strength and grace about her that resonates with me.
WHAT IS YOUR INTENTION FOR YOUR YOGA PRACTICE? To stay connected to myself, not to tune out, and listen closely to what my body is trying to tell me! Oh and then there’s the shutting off of my thoughts for a bit and reconnecting to my breath. And after that, forgiving myself if I’m not able to do any or all of the above 🙂
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE YOGA POSE? Pigeon and Savasana.
WHAT SONG SHOULD BE ON EVERY YOGA PLAYLIST? Right now, My Primitive Heart by Eccodek, My Silver Lining by First Aid Kit, and any Krishna Das!
WHAT INSPIRES YOU? The playfulness and openness of kids, the unwavering and protective love of parents, the beauty of the landscape we live in and are surrounded by, and the random acts of kindness of strangers. And pertaining to yoga: The way yoga sheds the illusion of separateness between people. I love how open yogis are after they practice together. What a beautiful way to build authentic community…to be on the collective quest to be more in tune and aware of ourselves and our bodies.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PRACTICING AND HOW HAS YOGA IMPROVED YOUR LIFE? For the past seven years, and immensely! I can’t imagine where I’d be without it. Yoga has helped me to feel strong and vulnerable simultaneously. It keeps me heart open and listening, and slows down my reactionary nature. It helps me witness myself without judgment and really take time to slow down. I sought out yoga originally to help balance the stressful nature of my job working with underserved youth in Oakland. The next thing I knew, I was practicing every day! And then I thought, why not do a teacher training to deepen my practice? Now I want to share it with others as it’s been such a gift and so transformative for me! In fact, it has re-oriented the way I approach my work as a therapist. Having felt for myself the importance of staying connected to the body while unwinding past traumas or gaining insights, my work now addresses both through offering yoga and somatic experiencing in addition and in conjunction with therapy.