Theena has been teaching at Trilogy since the beginning! We asked her a few questions to explore what makes her such a gem of a yoga and aerial yoga teacher...
What quote inspires your life and practice?
"Everywhere you go, there you are." - I love this quote. It's a reminder for me to be where I am, that everything is where it should be, and that I am where I should be. In life or while practicing on my mat, this quote reminds me to stay present, breathe, and worry less. You can't have too many of these reminders as it's not an easy thing to do. And yet it is easy at the same time! When I read or say to myself, "Theena, everywhere you go, there you are", I feel a big rush of relief take over my body and I know for that moment I am okay. And so I repeat.
Who inspires you and why?
My mom is my number one inspiration. To me, she is the definition of a mother's love and sacrifice. I live a grateful life because of her.
What has been one of your greatest experiences?
I was born in a small village in Vietnam and moved to California at the age of 6. After graduating university, I worked for a year and was able to save up money to visit my far away family for the first time in 16 years. It was indescribable and similar to the feeling of connecting that last piece of puzzle. Home can be anywhere, but the motherland is a particularly special place because it's always in your heart. I hope to visit again very soon!
What words do you have to offer new yogis and aerial students?
I think it's important to keep it simple because often times less is more. Start small, take humble steps, and be kind to your body. When we are new to yoga, we tend to be critical of ourselves, and we focus on the "doing" rather than the "feeling". Which, to me, is completely normal because yoga can be intimidating in the west, sometimes even competitive. It's good to remember that yoga teachers can tell you how to align in a particular pose, but what you're "being" or "feeling", that's all up to you.
What is your biggest dream or aspiration?
I aspire to make this world a better place for all people. And also to inspire people to want to make this world a better place. I love the zero waste movement and although it's been challenging for me and progress has been slow, I continue to work at it and hope one day my choices align closer to this lifestyle.
Sunday 10:30am: Strength and Serenity
Sunday 12pm: Aerial Restore Low Fabric
Thursday 7:30pm: Vinyasa
Friday 6pm: Vinyasa