Introducing our teacher of the month, Alyssa Hayes! We interviewed Alyssa which you can read below!

1.) Tell us about yourself: I am originally from Erie, Pennsylvania but after many years here I know call Cincinnati home. I am married to my favorite guy, Paul and I have 2 fabulous cuties that call me mom. I am a nurse practitioner, college professor and in my spare time I get to hang out at Body Alive and share my love of yoga and cycling with all of the amazing students that come to the studio!

2.) Tell us one thing we don’t know about you: I love to cook and experiment in the kitchen. I don’t follow recipes so when I make something yummy it’s often a one time deal because I can’t remember what I did!

3.) What is the number one most played song(s) on your iTunes currently? Most of my students have probably caught on to the fact that I love Walk the Moon but right now my favorite song is Aquaman

4.) When you were planning your future career, did you ever see yourself working in fitness? NO, I have never been considered graceful or coordinated. In fact I am kind of clumsy! Clumsiness is an endearing quality right?

5.) Give us three words someone else would use to describe you. Dedicated, loving and thoughtful.

6.) What is your favorite part about teaching class? In cycle, i love seeing my students push their limits and get out of their comfort zone. The energy when people are working hard in cycle is amazing!!!
In yoga, I love how each person has an individual practice and i enjoy seeing the growth in my students from class to class. I also love the power of breath and how it is used within a class, maybe it’s the nurse in me but when I hear people bringing their fierce ujjayi breath to class I feed off of that energy!!! Another favorite part for me in teaching both is finding music to play, I love using my music to tell a story or get you motivated to push through that last hill or set of jumps or help you relax and find peace during savasana.
About taking class? I LOVE to sweat so if I am sweaty in class then I am happy.

7.) If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive who would it be? Definitely my Gramps, he was one awesome guy!

8.) Your favorite Body Alive memory? I love all of my time at Body Alive but a great memory was when Leilani and Joe helped me get into a headstand for the first time. I was so afraid of inversions and they helped give me the confidence I needed to give it a try. It was such a great feeling of accomplishment and I remember going home and basically standing on my head whenever I had the chance!

9.) How has yoga changed your life? In my family we are always on the go. Yoga has given me the tools to know when to slow down and be present in the moment. Coming to mat gives me a chance to center myself and nurture my mind, body and spirit. Life can be so crazy and hectic so I am grateful for the chance to take my mat and just breathe smile emoticon

10.) What is your favorite yoga pose? I love anything twisty. Parivrtta Trikonasana (revolved triangle) or Parivrtta Prasarita Padottanasana (wide legged forward fold with a twist) Say that 5 times fast wink emoticon

11.) Best advice you’ve ever received. Go to bed tired. Live each day to the fullest, conquer it, breathe in each moment and soak up the day. I also love the saying “don’t be so busy making a living that you forget to make a life”…Remember to take time for yourself, you only get one life, don’t forget to live it!!!!