Yoshi Aono, Founder Hanuman Festival

Yoshi Aono: What makes you come alive?

Sianna Sherman: The practices of yoga and Tantra (mantra, asana, mudra, meditation, pranayama, integration of the practices); dancing; being in nature, especially with the trees; collective gatherings of the heart where collaboration is key; mythology and stories of the Hero’s Journey; swimming in the Aegean Sea with my husband Theodore Kyriakos; all gatherings of yogis dedicated to transformation.

YA: What makes you feel vulnerable?

SS: When community breaks down, when there is intense reactivity in the face of challenge, and when I’m out of sync with my husband.

YA: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?

SS: No matter what, remember we are all one and the mirror of each other.

YA: How do you handle emotional pain?

SS: I breathe into it. I pray, I dance, I write, I sing, I chant mantras, I weep, and I remind myself that this energy is a doorway into my heart. I remember that this is my opportunity to see myself more clearly and that every wounded place is a magic place of transformation inside me.

YA: How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos? Do you have a daily routine?

SS: I breathe and muster my awareness to the root of my heart. The glue to my life is my morning sadhana, which includes meditation, mudra, mantra, heart flame transmutation practices, and contemplation of sacred writings. Later in the day, I practice asana and spend time writing and being outside in nature.

YA: What’s been one of your biggest lessons so far in your life?

SS: To melt my resistance, stand in my truth, and not hide my power and voice in times of turmoil.

YA: What truth do you know for sure?

SS: We are one living, breathing ecosystem of consciousness and we are each being called to our highest creative expression for the benefit of All Beings.

Sianna Sherman is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher of over 20 years who soulfully weaves the power of asana with myth, mantra and mudra. Known as a story-telling yogini, she is founder of Mythic Yoga Flow and author of Stories for your Life. Sianna’s teachings ignite the heart with love.

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