Today we’re getting to know the lovely Linda Baffa! Linda teaches here at The Green Yogi Manhattan Beach on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30pm. She shares extremely insightful quotes in each and every class; you’ll always walk away motivated. She sings, too!
Where did you grow up?
On my yoga mat. All my growth has come from there 😉
What are your hobbies?
These days, my hobbies include singing, dancing, puzzles, building sand castles, eating pizza and going to the park…pretty much anything that also involves our 3 year-old.
How did you get started with yoga?
I took my first yoga class when I was 18 as a freshman at NYU. It was part of our curriculum for drama training. It was ironic because my desire to be an actress was fueled by my desire to be everything other than myself. However, yoga has taught me that I desire to be nothing other than myself.
What pose was most challenging for you to learn?
Hmm…probably Downward Dog. I’m still learning this pose! It’s crazy. Every time I take a teacher training or a workshop or even just do my practice, I learn something new about this pose. I think there are probably over 100 alignment cues you give for this pose and you still won’t get it “right”. (Also, holding this pose in stillness for more than a few minutes is a bitch! Haha.) 😉 I love this about yoga. You truly never stop learning any of it. No pose is too basic. I often take take level one classes simply to slow down and fine tune my practice. The more you study yoga, the more you learn how much you don’t know. I love that. I LOVE learning and growing!
What inspires you?
Music. I love how listening to music or chanting can alter my state of being instantaneously… I often listen to meditation music or simple piano playing at home or in my car to maintain peace.
What are your classes like? What’s your teaching style?
My classes are mentally therapeutic. I like to offer lots of questions, insight, and inspiration so that class isn’t just about poses… it’s about connecting to who you are, what you want or need in your life, and, more importantly, what you don’t want or need in your life. Yoga is about honoring your true spirit. I hope my classes offer students a chance to find their spirit and to feel lifted, clear, and content. (Editor’s note: They TOTALLY do!)
What’s your favorite quote?
“Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally. If you want to take responsibility for your life, you must choose one of those three options, and you must choose now.”
~Eckhart Tolle, from The Power of Now
(This book changed my life. I would quote the whole thing if I could. It is a bible of peace.)
Do you have any inspiring stories/moments from your teaching or practice?
I was fortunate enough to lead a retreat in Bali a few years ago. At the end of the retreat, I discovered I was pregnant. My husband and I had planned to travel for two weeks after the retreat ended and I sat down one day in meditation and, without searching or knowing what I was looking for, the name “Jones” popped in my head like a bright light. I knew that was our son’s name, and I knew he was a boy…even at being 5 weeks pregnant! (Fortunately, my husband liked the name too!) This is the power of yoga and meditation and getting still enough to just be, to just observe, to just listen…all the answers to all the questions are inside of you.