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Mindful : April 2018
hour of yoga offers cardio, strength, flexibility, agility, and balance. A good practice will open up all parts of the body and that is critical for freedom of mobility and for getting your body to function optimally. We’re connecting with ourselves and with our breath in ways that other physical activities don’t necessarily teach. Yes, to be an elite runner, you have to connect with your breath, but yoga explicitly teaches people how to do that, regard- less of their level of physical ability. And yoga is grounded in a contempla- tive tradition that teaches you about getting to know yourself and having a deeper understanding of how to be. Why take on the extra commitment of teaching yoga? When I enrolled in the teacher-training program, I wanted to deepen my practice and better understand what was happening to me—this transforma- tion. Later I was drawn to teaching as a way of giving back and a way of holding myself accountable. It’s also a contrast to my work. At Netscape, Yahoo!, and Google, I spent my time designing at scale, bringing the internet to millions of people. But that’s not very personal. In the yoga studio, the human contact is direct, physical, and one-on-one. Tell me a little more about this contrast between your work teaching yoga and your work designing digital experiences. Digital products—experiences— primarily engage one of our five senses: sight. Yoga and mindfulness help to reconnect us to our senses, our hearts and emotions, and our bodies, filling a void left by constant immer- sion in digital tech. When we consume streams of information—through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram—everything is displayed equally. A post about some- one’s beloved passing away is pre- sented in the same way that a silly cat 68 mindful April 2018 the mindful interview