Pause, notice, live as if THIS is all there is.

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Willa Worsfold loves what she does.  That passion may have something to do with the standing room only yoga classes she leads in and around the north shore and beyond. She advocates for the art and science of yoga and meditation, and will have a wonderful chance to advance her work on that front this January with the launch of her own RYT-200 teacher training to be held at Solstice Power Yoga in Lynnfield.  “The six month curriculum will be  based on what has inspired me to practice and teach and live yoga and meditation these past 20 years. Designed as an educational in-house retreat, the training will feature some dear friends (and master teachers) who have all been invited to bring their passions to the table. Joyful, Strong, Inspired – that’s our mantra.”  Learn more about Willa’s 2017 teacher training program through her website.

Earlier this year, alongside Kathryn Budig and David Vendetti, Willa was a headliner at Yoga Reaches Out at Gilette Stadium.  Anyone who has had the pleasure of practicing with Willa can attest to the effort she puts into her salt of the earth cueing and sequencing.  Students can bank on a transformative experience which begins with a generous window for contemplation and intention setting.  Don’t miss her weekly open classes at Solstice, at PLAY: Peace Love and Yoga in Peabody and at the Yoga Loft in Marblehead

wind up… how do you wind up, prepare for the week ahead?
I’m pretty practical: laundry, cooking, futzing around the house pretending I’m organized.

and, when you need to exhale… what’s your other direction?
Long walks or runs in the woods with a podcast in my ear and my dog at my side.find HIM on Instagram too #primothespinoneitaliano!favorite high powered snack?
Almonds, apples, and most recently GF rye toast and avocado, lemon, salt… oh my!what three things are you never without?
Note taking tools, music, free hugs (if I’m lucky).the sound of music… you have room for 5 tracks on your playlist, they are?
Sigur Ros: Svefen-g-englar
The cinematic orchestra: To Build a Home
Led Zepplin: Thank You
Radiohead: Fake Plastic Trees (acoustic)
And then just about anything from Sufjan Stevens or Andrew Bird.

could you repeat that? one cue that you regularly share with your students, and the story behind it..
“You know where you’re strong… where can you be soft?”.  It’s too easy to muscle or fight our way thru or rely on mindless repetition, on the mat and in life. Pause, notice, live as if this is all there is.

your bible… what one book have you most often give as a gift?
Anything by Pema Chodron, Mary Oliver or Billy Collins . The semi-autobiographical Shantaram (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2005) by Gregory Roperts was a favorite epic novel.

bliss pose?
That depends… I like to do pigeon pose at the kitchen sink whilst washing dishes.  I like to sit uptavistha konasana style (wide leg forward fold) while working on my laptop.  Headstands have allowed me many times to clear my mind and, once or twice, remember where I put my keys!

finish the sentence? i’d like to teach the world to… 
realize how simple, accessible, effective, live-enriching and beneficial meditation can be, for the benefit of our selves as well as others.

 

 

Stay tuned to Willa and her wanderings through her website and on Instagram.  And, follow the adventures of her pal too at #primothespinoneitaliano!

Photos by, Kadri Kurgan

Author Susan Currie is Managing Editor at BOSTON YOGA and an Associate Editor at LA YOGA magazine. Beyond her contributions to these publications, her words and images have been featured in the Boston Globe, Elephant Journal, Yogi Times, the Huffington Post, Spirit of St. Bart’s and on the cover of the book Moving into Meditation (Shambala) by Anne Cushman. 

Susan is also the creator of the Daily Inhale and an RYT 200 registered yoga instructor. She unpacks her various professional experiences through creative (and yoga) workshops she leads throughout the country. Her new book, Once Divided (Shanti Arts 2016), a blend of visual and verse, is now available in wide release. GRACENOTES, its follow-up, will be published in 2017.