For the final interview in this series I am happy to introduce you to Misty Pittman, owner and founder of Moonshine Yoga in Kentucky. Misty tells us about creating a nurturing practice. Welcome Misty!

How did you first come to your movement practice?

My very first class was in college (about 15 years ago). It was in a dusty room in the rec center, with dim lighting and blankets (no yoga mats!). There were only a handful of us. I remember it being very relaxing and I loved that I could do it in my barefeet.

How long have you been practicing?

On and off for 15 years.

How do you integrate practice into everyday living?

For me, it’s all about asking myself what I need at that moment. If it’s a busy day and my back is achy, I take five breaths in a downward dog. If I look at it as exercise or something I have to do, then I tend not to do it. Integrating yoga into my life as a means of nurturing myself on a deeper level keeps me coming back to the mat again and again.

How has your practice affected you physically, emotionally, spiritually?

My practice is all about the breath. Poses that allow me to breathe freely and with ease. It’s through the poses that I create space in my body, which ultimately allows me to breathe with less tension. I carry that breathe into the rest of my life and that’s where the true the magic is. Breathing easily through each moment I am more connected, content, and joyful.

what is your favorite thing about teaching yoga?

Guiding students to find that sweet spot within their own practice. That moment when a students face relaxes in a difficult posture, because I know that they have given themselves permission to let go and move into a place of ease… that’s love for me.

What advice or suggestions do you have for folks who might be curious about trying a yoga class?

Give it time. Know that it’s not going to be easy. Smiling helps. Strength and stamina will come quickly with regular practice. Be patient with yourself. Try different styles and teachers until you find one that feels like a YES to you. Forget about striving for perfection and instead strive for happiness. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Less is always more. And DON’T FORGET TO BREATHE!

Misty Pittman is owner and founder of MoonShine Yoga, based in the rolling hills of Kentucky. She also writes about living a life that is filled with self-care, magic, and bliss, guiding women to create the same in their own lives. She has a weakness for warm breezes and bubbly wine. Meet her at Bumble and Bliss.