Krishna Dholakia is our October Teacher of the Month! You can find her teaching at our Harlem location.
A bit more about Krishna:
Krishna Dholakia is a 500-hour certified yoga teacher and prenatal yoga teacher. When she first started practicing yoga many years ago, she was inspired by how yoga positively influenced her mind, body, and spirit. Krishna is also a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, and mindfulness teacher. She has worked in the health and wellness field for over 12 years. Krishna helps her clients understand their relationship between nutrition, health, movement and emotions by using mindfulness-based approaches and yoga practices that build awareness and provide structure. She believes that being healthy and balanced is something that should be accessible and achievable for all. Born and brought up in Africa, her background and Indian roots have influenced her love for travel, world music, and the study of Eastern Philosophy. To learn more about Krishna, visit her website www.omandspice.com.
Q: Hi there! Tell me a bit about yourself and what you do in the city
A: I’m a registered dietitian, diabetes educator, and 500-hr certified yoga teacher and prenatal yoga teacher. I have worked in the wellness field for over 15 years and use an integrated approach to help people feel more
connected to their self-care and wellness.
Q: How did you come to yoga?
A: I started practicing yoga in college. I was inspired by my yoga teacher and knew deep down inside, I would one day be a yoga teacher too. Aside from helping me feel less stressed, yoga has helped me feel more connected to my culture and Indian heritage.
Q: That’s so beautiful. How has yoga impacted you both physically and mentally?
A: I knew yoga was different than any other exercise because of the calm and steadiness I felt after taking a yoga class. I think yoga is special because of the way it helps us connect with ourselves and our community. As a registered dietitian, I often incorporate yoga and mindfulness practices to help my clients improve their lifestyle and nutrition habits. Yoga is special because we can use it in many therapeutic ways such as managing daily stress, improving health, and strengthening our body during life changes like pregnancy.
Q: Do you have any stories you can tell about that journey?
A: It’s been a growing and fun journey! I’ve met a lot of amazing people and have had the opportunity to lead workshops and retreats around the world. The next one is going to be in Rishikesh, India in April 2020!
Q: What is the most impactful way yoga has enhanced your life? Best lesson learned?
A: The more I practice and teach yoga, the more I learn how to make it my own. To practice with more compassion and respect for myself and others. To be less critical and competitive.
Q: I love it. How would you describe your teaching style?
A: I practice and teach Hatha, alignment-based yoga which is centered around pranayama and mindfulness.
Q: What do you hope to impart to students?
A: Yoga is more than just a physical practice. When we practice all of the aspects of yoga like pranayama, meditation, and mindfulness – it allows us to hold space for all emotions and feelings, including the uncomfortable ones. Through this practice, we are able to grow.
Q: Beautiful. What is your favorite pose or posture?
A: My favorite pose – Parsvottanasana or intense side stretch pose. I love it because this pose feels so good in my body. I’m able to open up the back and sides of my legs, and forward folds help me feel calm. I use my
office chair at work to do this pose during the work day, it feels good if you sit a lot!
Q: That does sound quite nice right about now. Million dollar question: how do you stay balanced and centered living in a place like NYC?
A: I practice mindfulness, it’s one of the easiest ways to access your inner tools to shift your mood and bring awareness to the present moment. I take mindful walks in the park, practice breath awareness to feel centered,
and try to meditate as often as I can…even if it is for 5 minutes a day. I also have a sangha/community of individuals in NYC who have similar self-care and contemplative practices.