Green Yogi Of The Month, Berkeley: Maggie Mode!

We are so excited to honor Maggie Mode as our Manduka Sponsored Yogi of the month for June! Maggie has only been with us at The Green Yogi for eight months and she has already taken over 100 classes! She inspires our Green Yogi community with her day-brightening smile, and how quickly she becomes “best buds” with every other Green Yogi in our community.  She brings us all out of our shell with renewed zest for life. We’re honored to have you in our yoga family, Maggie!

maggie mode YOM

OCCUPATION: I was a Grants & Contracts administrator in higher education and in non-profits for over fifteen years. I wrapped up my most recent position in March, and am taking a break until I decide what to do next. I may change direction altogether!              

NICKNAME: Maggie!

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE INSTRUCTOR AND WHY? I can’t name a favorite instructor, because there are so many good teachers at Green Yogi, but I do have a favorite class time. Because of my schedule, I am limited to morning classes, so I usually attend the 9:30 class. The natural light in the studio is just gorgeous then, which adds so much to my practice. I particularly enjoy the Saturday morning class. It’s always packed with yogis, and the energy is great. Then, when the heat kicks in and we start moving, the vibe is always wonderful. Mary’s Saturday flows are absolutely magical. It’s the best possible way to start a weekend. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE YOGA POSE? Half-moon. It’s a challenging posture for me, but I love the feeling of being fully balanced in it, on the rare occasions that happens. I first learned it in a class back in Boston. I fell down doing it class, so I asked the teacher for help afterwards. First she explained that balance is one of the first things we lose with age! Then, she showed me how to do it against the wall. It felt so great I could have stayed there all day. I’ve never forgotten that feeling, but now I understand that a pose can feel different every day, and that it’s not a matter of perfection.

 WHAT SONG SHOULD BE ON EVERY YOGA PLAYLIST? By Your Grace, by Krishna Das. Thanks to Megan for playing it a lot, recently. Also, Aad Guray Nameh, by Deva Premal, which I was introduced to one savasana during Aleta’s class.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU? Many things inspire me. A good book always inspires me, and so does good photography. Both take me to new places. I do my best thinking on early morning walks when the light is pretty, and I love fog. I’m passionate about issues around women, children, and equal access to education, and am totally inspired by those who find a way to do something about them. Finally, though I am not a marathoner, another thing that comes to mind is how inspired I was year after year by the Boston Marathon. The event is not only thrilling to watch, but is a city-wide community event like none I’ve ever experienced.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PRACTICING AND HOW HAS YOGA IMPROVED YOUR LIFE? I took my first yoga class over twenty years ago, but never got serious about it until six months ago. I’m amazed at how deep it can go, if you let it, and all the dimensions it opens: mental, spiritual, physical, emotional. I’ve encountered lots of life lessons on my mat, and learned a great deal about taking yoga off the mat, too. I’ve learned how to face challenges differently, how to let go, and how to go to the edge feeling more empowered.

The words to the song Aad Guray Nameh summarize where I am with my practice:

Aad Guray Nameh                        I bow to the Primal Wisdom,

Jugaad Guray Nameh                  I bow to the Wisdom through the Ages,

Sat Guray Nameh                         I bow to the True Wisdom,

Siri Guru Devay Nameh             I bow to the great, unseen Wisdom within.

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