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Autumn! I went to Jersey City to spend the afternoon with Autumn and even though it was unseasonably chilly and super windy, I had a great time getting to know her. Autumn is our newest homie, she stepped up and took on a TON of classes before she ever "needed to." At hOM, we talk a lot about individuals who take their titles, meet the expectations and then surpass them, constantly growing the business and their roles within. All of the homies possess this super power and we saw it in Autumn immediately.
Our to-the-rescue, Jersey City Specialist, dancer, pilates trainer, kids teacher and yet another "red head" to add to the team, Autumn brings out the smiles in all of us. She is passionate about serving the community and being available to work individually (during class and one-on-one) with students to help them move and breathe in their bodies with greater awareness and understanding. Keep an eye out for this rockstar, you'll have a blast in her class!
1. Being a hOMie is not just a job, it’s a lifestyle. What does it mean to you to be a hOMie?
To be a hOMie is to be working with a group of honest and talented individuals towards the same goal: To provide exceptional service to our students, showing up when the business aspect of work needs to be done, and sharing our love for health and wellness with each other. In a nutshell, our different personalities and characteristics = TEAM AWESOME. We are all constantly growing together and I’m so thrilled to be a part of the team.
2. How does your personality come through in your teaching?
I find that I tend to be assertive, detailed, but also laid back. I may find a way to throw in some witty or funny banter to lighten up the mood and majority of the time it is well received. Laugh on people!
3. It can be difficult to fit in a proper meal during a teaching day. What are your favorite snacks?
I’ll grab a banana usually if it’s the A.M. or whip up a quick smoothie before embarking on the day. I will always have a container full of Kashi Go Lean! Cereal of whatever variety I bought recently. Currently, I have Kashi’s Honey Almond Flax on deck in my bookbag.
4. For some of us, Jersey City is a mystery. What are your favorite things about living across the river?
The cost of living is definitely a plus. I can be in NYC in a heartbeat utilizing the PATH because it is so close too. So I honestly think it’s the best of both worlds! Jersey City has a really awesome food, music, and art scene too. I am constantly surrounded by talented people and am invited to embark on new projects with often. Community is strong here.
5. What’s your favorite way to break a sweat?
Dancing. Whether I’m taking a class in the city, teaching, choreographing, or improvising. It’s the absolute best feeling.
6. How does your background in dance and pilates influence your asana?
I’m very aware of my own body and love anatomy since I learned more about it in college while getting my B.F.A. in Dance. So I apply that in class as much as I can. And Pilates means CORE BABY! I love a good Power Flow class and most of the time I’m able to teach a strengthening and abdominal toning class without any hesitations in regards to Yoga. I always encourage my hOM students to try taking both Core and Yoga classes because I truly believe that they both compliment each other. If you’re more aware of your center/”powerhouse”, then you’ll begin to see how when moving through your asanas you are more stable and able to ground down.
7. Most embarrassing teaching moment. Dish!
OH SNAP! It happened recently at 225 Grand. I was teaching Crow pose and have a fun way to utilize blocks underneath the shoulders which as result, makes this pose accessible to EVERYONE. As I was explaining and moving through the set-up for the pose I dove my head through for some reason and flipped over. I landed, got up, and re-tried without saying a word and nailed it. I guess I got a little “ahead” of myself if you know what I mean. (PUN INTENDED) The class and I laughed about it afterwards and they said I handled it well, but I was internally having a “freak out” moment.
8. I love your wacky and fun energy (your words, not mine haha) have you always been this active and outgoing?
I have been dancing since I was three years old and have never stopped using my body as a form or art and expression since. I feel that definitely molded me into who I am as a person. I also grew up with fairly young parents so I think the music I listened to growing up, the people I was around, the friends I have made, and the support from my mother/favorite person has shaped me as well. Nature-Nuture, you know what I mean?
9. What pose makes you feel empowered and awesome?
Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II). Do not be fooled, it’s no walk in the park! But the after effects from moving through a few asanas in a Warrior II sequence is very rewarding for me. I’m also always trying to “fly away” if a pose or variation calls for it.
10. Tips on finding balance in NYC:
Breathe. Especially when walking through midtown! If you feel people are unfriendly or unreceptive to you as a human being, let it roll off your shoulders, because you’re wonderful just the way you are and SMILE because you believe it. If you’re waiting for a train and someone is playing music, actually take a minute and lose yourself in it. Enter their world for even a few seconds or minutes. Give yourself time to daydream in the big bad city!
11. If you could do anything right this instant, what would it be?
Drinking Tea. I love tea and drink tons of it.
12. Words to live by:
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes:
“Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In every place you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as you ever can.”
- John Wesley
13. Anything I left out? Or something you’d like to add?:
Beautiful students! Please always ask questions! We may not be able to remedy them or have an answer always, but it allows us as teachers to learn more about you. It could be about fears with a certain pose that is holding you back. Maybe your Chaturanga isn’t quite there just yet and you need some tips or guidance. Perhaps you want to meet 1-on-1 and don’t know how to ask. We are here for YOU, so ask away. Peace, Love, and Namaste. <3
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