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Teacher of the Month February 2020: Tiffany Somerville




Hometown: I grew up in Anaheim with the best view of the Disneyland fireworks from my backyard! 

Childhood aspiration: For most of my young life, I wanted to become an actress. I loved any chance to perform. 🙌🏻
When and where was your first yoga class: In December 2011, I took my first yoga class at Yoga Works in Valencia. 

Who is your most influential teacher and why: All of the outstanding teachers that have reminded me to take risks, enjoy the process, be wasteful with my love and always embrace the opportunity for growth - to YOU, I am grateful! 

When was the defining moment when you realized you wanted to teach yoga: When I realized the transformative power it had in my own life - strengthening both my mind and my body. I always want to share something exceptionally good! 

What is your teaching philosophy:  “Be the most positive person you know.” “Find the beauty & the joy in the challenge.” “You have a purpose. You belong here!” 
 
How long have you been teaching yoga: I taught my first yoga class at Yoga Tribe in June 2019. 
 
Favorite Pose and Why: Anything that requires full-body strength. Plank and bear are my very favorite - both work every muscle in the body. 💪🏻
 
Most Challenging Part of Your Yoga Practice: To make it an every day practice, rather than just a few days a week.  
 
Person who has inspired you most: With a doubt, my husband Dan has been and continues to be the most inspirational person in my life.
  
Secret Comfort Foods: Anything salty - dry roasted peanuts, blue corn chips with lots of pico de gallo, peppered salami and cheese. GIVE ME LOTS OF SALT! 
 
Movie that has changed the way you think: I love to watch documentaries - anything to challenge my mindset and help me gain a more well-rounded perspective. 
 
Cause you feel most passionate about: A rigorous, quality education for all students. Equal pay for equal work. 
 
Your local retreat: My home - specifically my room. We have a large bathtub with a fireplace right next to it.  It is my go-to spot at the end of every night. 
 
An Unfinished Dream: I would love to go back and earn a Masters degree in Deaf Ed. 
 
What is your favorite expression: “You can do anything you put your mind to!"
 
Most impressive person you have ever: In 1981, I was pulled up on stage to dance and sing with Sister Sledge as they finished their set. It was an unforgettable moment for me! 
 
Why is yoga important to you? Yoga feeds my soul. It is community. It is connection. It is a practice that I can take anywhere. 

Most passionate subject:  I’m passionate about my family, fitness and education. 
 
Favorite hobbies: Honestly, YOGA! I’m never more alive than when I’m practicing or teaching yoga. Phil 4:13 ❤️

Love it!    Thank you!    Got it!

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