Yogi of the Month: Tiffany Rotach

GREW UP: Rome, NY

MOVED TO NYC: Summer of 2012 (5 years ago)

OCCUPATION: I’m in a bit of a transitional period (story of my life) My most recent full time job was a meditation facilitator. I’m moving into teaching yoga and seeing where the universe takes me next.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PRACTICING YOGA? I have not had the most consistent practice, but for about 4 years.

WHAT DOES YOGA DO FOR YOU? I initially started practicing yoga because I moved to the city and I needed to find a way to manage my anxiety. I still practice for that reason, but it also gives me an awareness of myself that I didn’t have before. I’ve come to find that the way I move on the mat is how I move in my life, and through my practice I am able to transform aspects of my life and myself that I once thought I had no control over.

Yoga is my outlet. It’s a way for me to release all of the emotions that I bottle up. It’s a time for me to check in with myself, to slow down, and to just be. It centers and grounds me. It helps me to not take myself or things so seriously. As someone who is constantly in my head, it’s a great way for me to reconnect with my body. I could go on forever about what yoga does for me.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN COMING TO SONIC? Sonic yoga was the first yoga studio that I came to in the city 4 years ago. It was close to the aerial/ pole studio that I was working at and I tried it because a friend recommended it. When I left that job, I quit Sonic because I wasn’t making it to class anymore. but there’s just something about Sonic; I came back because I couldn’t find a place that felt like home like Sonic does.

WHAT CLASSES DO YOU USUALLY TAKE? I like fundamentals and flow 1 classes because I love to move slow.

MOST UNFORGETTABLE YOGA MEMORY? So many beautiful memories! The most unforgettable is probably the first class I took at Sonic Yoga. It was a Thursday night Flow fundamentals class with Sarah Ireland. She created such a nurturing environment that I felt very comfortable despite the fact that I couldn’t do much of the class. I remember spending a lot of time in child’s pose and being shocked at how challenging the class was. I remember crying in shavasana, feeling so grateful for what I had just discovered, and feeling so proud of myself for doing something that’s good for me.

LIFE LESSON LEARNED FROM YOGA? To show up. I’m so much in my head that I make all types of excuses as to why I’m not ready. And because of this I hold myself back a lot. When I first started practicing yoga, the excuse became my wrist; a ganglion cyst. But I learned to show up, and modify, and do what I could, and work through it. Don’t get me wrong, I listen to my body, but there is a difference between respecting where you are at and listening to the fearful negative voice in your head that tells you that you can’t or you’re not good enough. I’m still working at it, but I’ve gotten much better. It is a practice after all.

FAVORITE MUSICIAN: Michael Jackson

FAVORITE MOVIE: Kung Pow: Enter the fist

FAVORITE BOOK: Vagina: A New Biography by Naomi Wolf

GOALS IN LIFE: That’s a big question! My goal in life is to do what I love. Which is play music. I’m still mapping out the details on what that actually means to me. Stay tuned, folks!

PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE: The words that we speak and the thoughts that we think create our reality. Our only limits are in our minds.

FAVORITE SEASON: Summa Summa Summa time!!!!

FAVORITE ARTIST: Frida Kahlo

HOBBIES: Yoga. Singing, Dancing, Reading self help books…(Don’t judge me) Learning about food and nutrition. Video games with friends.

WHAT DOES PEACE OF MIND MEAN TO YOU? Peace of mind is taking care of business. Tying up loose ends. Being honest. Accepting your current situation and realizing that it is just that. Your current situation.

I have a daily meditation practice and my teacher was amazing. She taught me not to push away or suppress my thoughts or feelings. What you resist persists. Thoughts are normal. It means we are human and we are alive.  Don’t be attached to the idea of a silent mind during meditation. Some days I meditate and my mind races the entire time, I still come out more clear and grounded on the other side.

FAVORITE NEW YORK MEMORY: So many…. Adventures in Blizzards, Spontaneous Karaoke Nights, breaking into Central Park after Hurricane Sandy… Just ask me 😉

FAVORITE PLACE IN MANHATTAN: I love to walk by the river at Carl Schurz Park. And I like China town.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU? I am inspired by strong passionate human beings chasing their dreams; doing what they love and not caring what anyone thinks. People that can be vulnerable and put themselves on the line for something they believe in. It gives me life.

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