Teacher Spotlight: Sandra Storwick

Sandra Storwick

2,000 hour Purna Yoga Professional

Practicing Yoga since: 1983

Teaching at ASC since: 1994

Why do you love teaching yoga?

The practice of Purna Yoga and Heartfull Mediation has had a profound effect on my life and the lives of my children. It has given me the ability create a relationship between my mind, body and soul. Teaching Yoga has become an expression of that sacred relationship. Teaching yoga gives me the opportunity to give back. ​

What is your favorite quote?

“If mankind could but see though in a glimpse of fleeting experience what infinite enjoyments, what perfect forces, what luminous reaches of spontaneous knowledge, what wide calms of our being lie waiting for us in the tracts which our animal evolution has not yet conquered, they would leave all & never rest till they had gained these treasures. But the way is narrow, the doors are hard to force, and fear, distrust & scepticism are there, sentinels of Nature, to forbid the turning away of our feet from her ordinary pastures.”

– Sri Aurobindo

If you could give one piece of advice to yourself as a new yoga student, what would it be?

  • ​Don’t give up
  • Be patient with yourself
  • Try not to compare yourself with others
  • Try not to be afraid when you begin to feel your body, or feel your body changing as a result of the work you are doing. You may feel feelings that you have never felt before.
  • As you become aware of your body through the lens of the yoga poses, try not to judge but see it as a starting place.
  • 10 years of aging will go by anyway
  • ​Read the above quote. There is a gem inside of you waiting to be discovered. ​

What benefits have you received from Purna Yoga?

Countless benefits. To know myself as an eternal being with a purpose – to be the Light in this physical form. ​

Teacher Spotlight: Mana Iluna

Mana Iluna,

2,000 hour Purna Yoga Professional

Practicing Yoga since: 1963!!! I was 28 when I started doing it from a book.

Teaching at Alive & Shine Center since: 1993

Current class times:

  • Gentle Yoga on MWF at 11:15am
  • Spa Yoga on Fridays at 7:30pm

Why do you love teaching yoga?

I love teaching yoga because I love seeing positive mood changes, body changes and life changes as students continue taking classes.

What is your favorite quote?

My two favorite short quotes are:

“Courage has no age.” – Anne Fortier, The Lost Sisterhood

“Carpe Momentum!” which means “Seize the Moment!”

If you could give one piece of advice to yourself as a new yoga student, what would it be?

Do yoga with a sense of love for your body and giving it what it wants and needs…do it consistently and persistently and never give up!

What benefits have your recieved from Purna Yoga?

Purna Yoga has taught me how to live my life in the best possible ways, philosophically, emotionally, mentally and physically. It has given me the gift of knowing that I am living my purpose.