Ever wondered the inner workings of a yogi’s mind, or wanted to know more about their journey? Prana & Pie’s column, 15 Questions for a Yogi, is dedicated to posing 15 questions to a devout yogi and getting only real answers in return. Think you’ve got the answers, too? We’d love to feature you; contact us here. This week’s yogi, Amy Ippoliti, travels the globe extensively, helping students bridge the gap between ancient yoga wisdom and modern day life, and has recently joined the team of fabulous teachers at Yoga Pod in Boulder, Colorado. For more about Amy, see her bio below.
What was your first experience with yoga?
When I was 16 I went to yoga class with my mom. For the complete story, head over to our friends at elephant journal.
How would you describe your personal practice?
Creative, fun, and therapeutic…
What’s been playing on your iPod lately?
Garth Stevenson and Super Heavy, Mick Jagger’s new ensemble – wild stuff.
You‘re a T-Shirt slogan. What do you say?
Turn Up Your Volume!
How do you practice yoga off the mat?
I’m super committed to my health and attempt to approach my relationships as skillfully as I know how so that I make the most positive impact on the world.
Bikram Choudhury. Discuss.
Gratitude is flowing for turning so many people on to yoga. God bless it.
The world ends tomorrow. What will you eat tonight?
Pomelos and chocolate lava cake.
What’s the last book you read?
Meditation for the Love of It, Sally Kempton.
Imagine you’re on the cover of Yoga Journal. What pose would you strike?
Already was! I struck ardha chandra capasana.
What did you eat for breakfast this morning?
I’m in Italy, so I had my fiber drink, a pear and granola with rice milk. Normally, I have a green lemonade from my juicer followed by a smoothie an hour later.
If you could roll out your yoga mat anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Italy is a pretty rockin’ place to roll out my mat. Though I did it on the stone patio with no mat today!
There are only three things on your sandwich. What are they?
I’m not a big sandwich girl, but I’m sure there would be avocado in there somewhere…
What inspires your practice?
Many times it is the simple desire to overcome stiffness and grumpiness, but bigger than that, it is to tap into greatness so I can inspire others to do the same.
You’ve got the day off. What do you do?
Read, hang out in bed with my boyfriend, bend, ride bikes, and pamper myself.
Complete the sentence: I wear my sunglasses at night, so I can ___.
Pretend I am really at the beach and it is day time.
New York City transplant Amy Ippoliti travels the globe extensively, helping people bridge the gap between ancient yoga wisdom and modern day life. As a certified Anusara teacher since 2000, Amy is widely recognized for her energetic combination of crystal clear instruction, purposeful personality, offbeat sense of humor and for assisting her students in achieving individual breakthroughs on and off the mat. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter.