Lucid Dawn has been practicing since 1994 and was inspired to share her joy and wisdom with friends as she began her teaching journey.
What inspired you to become a yoga teacher?
Yoga has supported me on all levels of life, professionally as a performer/ artist/ designer & mentally/ emotionally in all ways… It is not something i can keep to myself.. My teaching began to seep out into everything I do until people were asking me to teach for real and I had to get official.
Which teachers influence your practice?
I have been influenced along my path by Sianna Sherman, Janet Stone, Desiree Rumbaugh, Abby Tucker, Suzanna Sterling and more…So much grace and inspiration – and sisterhood in weaving other teachings into the practice! I am grateful for the work of Hareesh Wallis and Christopher Tompkins for bringing so much non-dual Tantra alive here and now.
What does your yoga practice look like and how has it changed your life?
I share all that i can – the way that it arises … I trust the way the shakthi flows through me and that I am alive to be a voice of reflection and informed practice. I study anatomy and ancient text as well as modern synthesis of things. Yoga has affected EVERY aspect of my life and improved them all. Mostly now the practice is its own teacher to me – I learn so much just by being in it and listening – new knowledge arises from within regularly – things I may have read in books and heard from teachers over the years – but now it arises from the prana, from my bones, drops in from the divine.
What is something you wish your students knew?
That they are absolutely allowed and encouraged to be ALL that they are – that NOTHING is wrong with them. I am not here to fix them–they don’t need to be fixed. All of our perceived brokenness, struggle and awkwardness is just here for us to learn and grow through.
What is your morning routine?
Asana Mantra Meditation w/ mudra, writing often, abhyanga (self-oil massage) if i have the time, at least 1-2x a week.
Do you have any go-to yoga and wellness books or podcasts?
I am pretty new to finding Podcasts but i do love The Yoga Healer – an ayurveda & yoga podcast.
Books! Oh! i could carry on endlessly there – but a few must haves:
Tantra Illuminated by Hareesh Wallis
Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga series by Ray Long
Light on Life by BKS Iyengar
What are you involved with outside the studio?
Music! Dancing! Theatre/ circus! Family! Nature! Travel! Event co-ordination, production, MC’ing, priestessing, ritual & ceremony creation and leading, energy healing, cooking, studying, reading, writing – poetry, songs, books (soon to come!), love notes..;), community building, world bridging, reclaiming traditions, & activism wherever however possible.
What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area?
My favorite thing about the Bay Area is the level of health consciousness here, the level of spirituality and how most often there is an openness to difference, uniqueness and freedom of self expression. As a self identified freek / queer /ecstatic being, i have never felt more at home anywhere else – i feel it is my/ our work to ripple out the blessings of this area, that more people might feel at home wherever they are!
Join Lucid for public classes at Namaste:
Monday / Wednesday 4:00-5:15pm at Namaste Rockridge
Thursday 12:00-1:00pm at Namaste Rockridge