Lotus Yogi Feature: Teresa Evanko
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<<Interviewed by Lotus Yoga Teacher, Debbie Mix>>

Tell us a little bit about yourself. 
I grew up in Albuquerque, NM, have lived in San Francisco, Washington, DC, Lubbock, TX, and Muncie. I’m a mother of two almost grown young women, and I’m an architect working in Indianapolis. I drive to and from Indy almost every day of the week as I am trying to renovate an old house between downtown and Broad Ripple to move into so I can stop the commuting.

How does yoga fit into your life?
Unfortunately, I have very little time for yoga or exercise, but yoga has become an important part of my life as it helps keep me centered when I treat myself to a class.

How long have you been practicing yoga?
I started taking yoga classes in college — wow! 40 or so years ago! I have started and stopped my practice many times since.  

What led you to try yoga?
Yoga was offered as a Phys. Ed. class at the University of New Mexico, where I studied architecture; and I would fit a Phys. Ed. class in every semester to keep active.

How do you think you’ve changed–physically, mentally, or spiritually–since you started practicing yoga?
Yoga, along with philosophy, psychology and religious studies classes have made me more compassionate and tolerant of myself and others. 

What yoga posture/pose do you like the most? 
Tadasana because it makes me feel strong and grounded. I also like hip, neck, and shoulder openers because they relieve stress I carry in those areas from inactivity and/or work.

Which Lotus class(es) do you attend most often? 
The only one I can get to because of my commute is Saturday morning with Debbie and her subs, Kristi, Elka, and Anna.

What do you find most challenging about yoga? 
Pushing myself when practicing alone.