Teacher Feature: Lindsey Crow

We stopped to talk to Lindsey Crow this month to find out more about what makes her tick. Keep reading for a little insight into whats she’s like off the mat.

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1.Brief, non-yoga teacher bio; other interests/passions. Where are you from, what’s your heritage, how many sibling if any, pets or no pets.

I was born and raised in New Orleans. The only other city I’ve lived in is Los Angeles for a minute right out of High School. My whole life I thought I wanted to be a dolphin trainer; but then I got into acting and comedy; naturally,  I then went to work for a non-profit developing after-school arts programs for kids. The obvious next step was to go to law school, so I did that. Then after four years of law school, I decided I want to teach yoga full time. My parents were thrilled! I have a ferociously cute Pitbull named Kali (after the goddess of destruction). I still do improv comedy sometimes and occasionally participate in some fringe theater.

2. Least favorite / hardest posture for you.

Any one-legged standing, balance pose, except dancer (I like that one). There is just something about it; put me on one-foot and my whole body just starts to wig out! When I tell my teachers I struggle with balance, they suggest that its an embodiment of a deeper personality issue but I don’t see it 😉

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3. What are you enjoying about your practice right now?

I’m enjoying focusing on greater alignment and stability. I truly love to flow, but if I don’t watch it it gets too fast and flimsy and I don’t feel the substance of the shapes. My practice is most fun when I’m fully engaged (both mentally and physically) and engaging often requires slowing down for a moment to really feel and be present to the subtle actions within the poses. I recently did a training in yoga therapy (yoga for people with injuries and limitations), and I really saw first-hand what this practice can do. I worked with a young woman who has been wheelchair bound her whole life who now has awareness and feeling and even new ranges of motion in her lower body after a few months of restorative yoga and private yoga therapy sessions.

4. Favorite thing about being a teacher.

My work truly is my bliss. I love yoga it is usually what I do when I’m not working too! I believe in the practice and the philosophies and values it embodies. I get the unique opportunity in life to do and share with other what truly lights me up. Basically, I want to bring students into the experience I’m having, and I hope that they come to health and happiness as well.

5. Favorite NOLA restaurant or hang out. 

Good Karma Cafe!

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6. Something students may not know about you.

My girlfriend is a tango dancer. I try to tango with her and my performance just defies the concept of practice. I honestly get worse every time! I’m asking Jimmy for help.

7. Yogi-toe, Yay? or Nay?

Oh… we all know they aren’t perfect, but it’s better than a wet mat! I’d say it’s best to buy a mat where you don’t need one tho.