A: I've been practicing and teaching yoga for twenty years, coming out of a gymnastics and dance background. I've always been interested in anatomy and kinesiology, which I studied a lot of during my modern dance years. While studying body movement, my interest in food and overall health of body systems grew naturally. I love cooking and using herbs and vegetables straight out of the garden to make ferments, pickles, and medicines, like tinctures and salves.
Q: What gets you out of bed in the morning?
A: Projects! I spend a lot of time thinking about where to plant things in my garden and how to make the garden spectacular. I also like to write stories based on my dreams, which are often vivid, as soon as I wake up. But what actually gets me out of bed in the morning is my sweet old lady cat ready for her breakfast.
Q: What are you working on right now?
A: I've been writing a memoir based on interviews with my parents, who grew up in Israel, and about my experience of being a first generation American. I also have a finished book of short stories and a poetry book I've been actively submitting for publication, as well as a chapbook coming out this summer. You can read some of my work here. And I'm working on being better at engaging with the world from a place of kindness and understanding, instead of judgement. I often think about what Pema Chodron says, "we are all in the same boat."
Q: What's your favorite food?
A: There's nothing in the world better to me than pickles. Anything pickled. Especially cucumbers and dilly beans. There's a pickle guy at the farmers market who sells quart jars of pickles for $5 and, though I like making my own, when mine run out I stock up on those quart jars.