Meet our yoga teacher: Tiffany Maqubela

Tiffany is a graceful teacher who moves through class calmly and intentionally. (Next to her, I look like an awkward prepubescent boy.) She crafts a yoga class that will challenge you but leave you centered. In her class, you are able to pay close attention to the movement of your body and understand your body’s relationship with the asanas. So whether you are new to yoga or a seasoned yogi, you will discover new things about your body as it relates to yoga postures. We are so excited and grateful to have her in our Third Space community. So you can get to know her better, we asked her a few questions:

1. How did you find your way to yoga? In 2011, I was at work reading the Express paper, and came across an article about a yoga teacher who was offering free classes in Southeast. I’ve always wanted to try yoga and I was intrigued by her mission to make yoga more accessible to the population east of the river. After my first class, I was hooked; and that class became my after work happy hour so to speak. I was learning to silence the chatter in my mind and simultaneously get a great work. And ever since, I just want to continue learning more and more.Tiffany yoga

2. How would you describe your teaching style? My style has a bit of a slower tempo. I like the idea of moving with intention into each posture, really getting into the pose, working some on alignment and just being present. In my opinion, it’s nice to just slow it down and in this area, we’re constantly on the go. Many students have this expectation that the only way to get the benefits or to sweat is through constant movement, but that’s not always the case.

3. What is your go-to stress fighting technique? Well… other than yoga… I would say some deep breathing. When I’m stressed, I just close my eyes and focus on my breath.

4. Describe your perfect day. A perfect day would be one where I can just move throughout the day at my own pace and just focus on myself and what I feel like doing at any particular moment. I would wake up whenever, have a nice breakfast, maybe do a little window shopping or shopping, get a manicure and pedicure, take a yoga class that I have been dying to get to, do some reading or painting, and then end with a nice quiet meal.

5. Your last meal would be? Half a pizza pie, a side of macaroni and cheese with some ice cream for dessert.

6. Best advice you can give someone would be? Just be yourself. No one else in the world is like you so, that’s kind of cool.

You can meet Tiffany for yourself on Friday mornings at 10:00 AM. Register here. First class is this Friday, January 8th!


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