Gabi has been an intern at Sangha Space for over a year. She began practicing yoga at a young age and became a certified instructor in 2007. Gabi’s classes are tranquil, informative, and encourage self- exploration. You can usually find her at the studio in yoga classes (as both a teacher and student) Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings!
WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
I was born in Torrance, California, and grew up in Manhattan Beach. It’s a small, densely populated place far too close to Los Angeles. I spent most of my time there getting to know various beach bums, doing yoga, and riding my bike to some of the few natural spaces I could find.
HOW DID YOU ENCOUNTER TANGO?
Lori asked me three (3) separate times if I would like to come to the Tango Hop. I showed up the third time (November 2014!) and took my time easing into the beginners class a few months later.
HOW DID YOU ENCOUNTER YOGA?
I was fourteen when I took my first yoga class, it was a Wednesday night and it felt so euphoric that it triggered a hazy dreamscape aura that persisted throughout my teen years. Work-trading at five different yoga studios gave me some breadth of experience, as vinyasa, kundalini, iyengar, yin, and various meditation styles gradually mixed into my practice. As a junior in high school I got permission from my teachers to take some time for yoga teacher training, and became a certified instructor in 2007.
ANY ADVICE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE NEW TO YOGA/TANGO?
If you are new, congratulations! You are about to give a great gift to yourself. Don’t worry about a thing, you can wear funny clothes and no one will care (I wore Spongebob Squarepants boxer shorts to many yoga classes before I owned “yoga clothes” and it mattered not at all). You will learn quickly, because being a beginner is the best way to absorb the most knowledge! Try to always be new to your practice, keep an open mind, and have a ball.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE TANGO IN 3 WORDS?
Tango: Twang, echo, whee!
CAN YOU DESCRIBE TANGO IN 3 WORDS?
Yoga: Play of opposites (This could also apply to Tango)
WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT EXCHANGING ROLES?
Exchanging roles provides a radical shift in perspective. It is one thing to imagine another person’s role, but to actually switch provides you insight to reality on your side as well as theirs.
WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT UTILIZING PARTNER POSES IN A CLASS?
Partner yoga is like using the most versatile yoga prop you’ll ever encounter. More useful than a wall or a strap, and your partner can actually give you feedback as well, teaching you so much in such a small amount of time and space! Not only that, you can do more with your body. You can reach deeper, climb higher, and find poses that would have otherwise been impossible.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT TEACHING CLASSES AT SANGHA SPACE?
Teaching at Sangha Space is rewarding because I am able to share something special with my community. I receive so much that it feels immensely gratifying to be able to bring something to the table that others can benefit from.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU ARE CURRENTLY LEARNING MORE ABOUT?
Lately I have been exploring Chester Creek by kayak, learning its turns and flow as I pick up the bottles and trash occasionally floating in the water. I have also been learning how to identify the trees by which color the leaves are at any given point in fall. At the moment the Norway maples are stubbornly holding onto their green, and the oaks aren’t even close to dropping all of their leaves.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TANGO SONG/ORQUESTRA?
My favorite song to dance to is Apocalyptica’s “Nothing Else Matters.” I was really excited to hear it when Lori put it on during a class because it gave me that wonderful time-warp feeling of when I was just a wee lass.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE YOGA POSE?
My favorite yoga pose is probably pigeon, handstand coming in a close second. As I am doing them though, they are all my favorite.
WHAT OTHER ACTIVITIES (BESIDES YOGA/TANGO) DO YOU ENJOY?
Outside of the studio I can be found wandering the woods with my dog, Ayla. I am also frequently outside my house building something or working in the garden. Lately I have been building a greenhouse.
IF YOU WERE TO WIN THE LOTTERY, HOW WOULD YOU SPEND YOUR TIME?
If I won the lottery, I would spend most of my time making educational YouTube videos while homesteading somewhere rural. I will do this even if I don’t win the lottery, just ten years or so later than planned. Stay tuned!
WHAT’S SOMETHING SECRETLY AWESOME ABOUT YOU THAT PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW?
I am secretly awesome because I like to clean when no one is looking. I relish it. Sometimes I eat a small bit of chocolate and just go wild.