If I had a choice, I would have every conversation face-to-face but sometimes distance and time doesn't allow for that and we are lucky to have technology that connects us with friends, family, and sometimes complete strangers.  I first started talking with Aimee Yowell via email and then luckily over the phone.  It didn't take long for Aimee to change from a stranger to a friend.  The first time I reached out to her, we ended up chatting for almost an hour and I probably could have talked to her the whole afternoon. 

I was first connected to Aimee by a mutual friend and colleague.  The more we got to know each other the more excited I have become to open Humble Haven's space to Aimee and her teaching. She will be joining Humble Haven come January when we open our doors in downtown Richmond, VA.  Continue reading and get to know Aimee even better.  

What is your favorite style of class to teach and why?  

Vinyasa, it is a moving meditation to the breath, a dance with the divine. It doesn’t get much better.

What made you want to go beyond just practicing yoga and start teaching?  

I just loved yoga, I was thinking of opening a studio around a decade ago,  and thought it might be a good idea to be prepared to sub in case a teacher didn’t show. I started getting several offers to teach and discovered I loved it, and haven’t looked back. I guess it was my dharma. … and the unfolding of my life.

If you had to describe your teaching style in 3 words or less, what would you say?  

Meditative, fluid, rhythmic

What’s your favorite yoga pose?

Savasana, isn’t that everyones?

What do you like to do around Richmond?  

Walk, explore the river, admire the historic architecture and century old trees.

What’s your favorite food?

Besides coffee, probably Italian

Tea or Coffee?  

Love both, especially green tea, but strong dark coffee is like water to me

Favorite quote?

Martha Graham, “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through another medium and will be lost.”

Why are you excited to teach at Humble Haven Yoga?

Suzanne, the owner, has wonderful intentions. She is genuine, and holds each of her teachers and her studio as a sacred space so that we can be true instruments, vessels, and connect to that oneness of being, of the humanness and divinity within us all, plus, the studio is such an amazing space to practice and teach in!

I hope my teaching enables each student to find and connect to their own unique, divine light that has never been and will never come again, and through the opening of breath and asana they will fuel that light and allow it to shine brighter, and most authentically.

What’s your favorite song to practice to?

Live drumming can be very nice. There are so many artists I love to practice to. Some of my favorite aare Al Green, America, Aretha Franklin, Bahramji and Maneesh De Moor, The Beatles, Bill Withers, CSNY, DJ Drez, Ben Leinbach, John De Kadt, TJ Rehmi, to name a few. I taught a class to all Prince music once for New Years.  Sometimes its tamboura, sometimes its jazz, funk, blues, rock, or reggae. That’s the beauty and freedom of vinyasa. 

When can you practice with Aimee? 

Tuesday and Friday 6am-7am, Warm Vinyasa (room heated to 85 degrees)