Semperviva Yoga Teacher – Maggie Anderson

23695_412620080350_621105350_5460661_4176705_n What I love about yoga:

What is there not to love?? Yoga is a way to celebrate the gift of life. For me, it is how I connect deeply with a bigger sense of self, one that is Universal and collective. The philosophy is intriguing to me as a very practical tool to align more fully with the innate goodness that we are. The physical practice serves as a reminder of the playfulness and curiosity that can still exist on a daily basis for us as grown ups too! Yoga challenges us to embrace the full spectrum of who we truly are.

I teach yoga because:

I love to share what serves me, and what inspires me. As often as I can, I draw from my own experiences or discoveries on or off the mat, as a way to connect with and relate with others. I love being a witness to the transformative powers of increased awareness and wellness. I am passionate about cultivating and maintaining a sense of inclusion and community- I am ever grateful for my loyal students and friends, who never cease to amaze and inspire me with their commitment and brilliance! Also, I like to remind my students that yoga doesn’t always have to be so serious, although a deep sense of commitment is what will provide the most fulfillment!

I’m inspired by:

LOVE, in all its endless forms. Laughter. My wise teachers, yoga masters Erich Schiffman and Chris Chavez. Great books are a constant indulgence. Motherhood moves me (literally and figuratively). I am at my most creative in front of a fire with close friends, good wine, and great food. I also appreciate beautiful artful spaces.

Oh, and the oh so respected June Callwood.

My favorite music to do yoga:

Honestly, it changes weekly. Often the beautiful voices of yoginis Snatum Kaur or Deva Premal. Other times, ABBA, yes – ABBA (inspired by my daughters). But lately, I’m really into the mellow singer songwriter vibe.

Beautiful places I love to visit:

Does it get any better than the rugged nature of the West Coast; Tofino, the Gulf Islands?? Well, okay… Bali and Italy were pretty unforgettable!

What I like to do in my spare time:

Study the ever fascinating art and science of Yoga.

Find new and inspiring every day adventures with my two fascinating daughters, Quinn Blue and Sabine Satya.

Read meaty books cuddled up to my cozy hubby.

Cook delicious meals using S.O.L.E. food (Sustainable Organic Local Ethical).

And my personal fave, long walks near the ocean on blustery days.

My favorite quote:

It’s a toss up:

“My life is my message.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“I believe the choice to become a mother is the choice to become one of the greatest spiritual teachers there is. To create an environment that’s stimulating and nurturing, to pass on a sense of responsibility to another human being, to raise a child who understands that he or she is created from good and is capable of anything—I know for sure that few callings are more honorable. To play down mothering as small is to crack the very foundation on which greatness stands.” – Oprah