Taji Kommineni is our Student of the Month for November! Taji shines so brightly! Her joy is positively infectious. From the moment she walks through the door, her love of life is spread through her smile. She shows up regularly and fully to her practice and does so with the utmost enthusiasm. You can find her trying a variety of classes and teachers. Thank you for helping to clean floors after class and for making Asheville Community Yoga happier place with your presence!
What was the experience with yoga that got you hooked?
My mom was the person who taught me yoga, since I was a kid she always had a new pose, from face yoga to asana’s. The experience of being with my mom and being able to share that time and space with her is what made me start yoga.
What inspires you to continue yoga?
I keep coming back to yoga because I love a good challenge and everything about yoga is challenging.
What is your favorite pose?
I don’t have a favorite pose, and I honestly find all the poses to be very challenging even resting pose.
What is your favorite time/place to practice?
I enjoy practicing yoga all the time, from when I’m laying in bed, to when I am sitting in a chair, even when I’m driving my car, every chance is an opportunity to stretch and breathe, if my body is there then I have a chance to practice yoga.
How has yoga changed your life?
As I move forward into major transitions in my life (lawyer to doctor) yoga has taught me to accept what comes and not be thwarted to act by the result of action, but acting without any attachment to the result.
What are 3 words you would use to describe yourself?
Three words to describe myself is blessed, thankful and happy.
Is there a recurring theme that runs through your yoga practice?
The recurring theme in my practice is simply that, to practice.
If you could just share one practice that has helped you the most, what would it be?
The practice that has helped me most, and delivered me the best results, has been the practice of patience.
What is your mantra?
My personal mantra has always been “why do something easy when it can be more challenging”. Story of my life.
Do you have a passion other than yoga you’d like to share about?
My passion in life is to keep moving, to never have myself attached to any person, place or thing. I love paddling whitewater and riding mountain bikes.
How did you find Asheville Community Yoga?
My good friend Kristy Dee turned me onto Asheville Community Yoga. She and I practice together here and it means soo much to me!
Do you have a spirit animal? If so, what is it?
I think my spirit animal is the black bear.
What’s your most embarrassing moment in a yoga class?
Occasionally (all the time), I’ll fall asleep during shivasana and wake myself up snoring, it makes me laugh every time.
Attached is a photo of myself and my mother, she’s the inspiration for everything I do and the reason I have the opportunity to do all of the amazing things I do. She was the person who taught me yoga, she is the person I practice yoga with and she is as flexible as a pretzel. If it wasn’t for her I would not be the person I am today, that’s the reason I included the picture of her and myself.
I sincerely appreciate this wonderful opportunity to practice with such a wonderful fellowship of people.
And Taji we appreciate being in your fellowship 🙂