Teacher Spotlight: Sunie Pope

What made you try yoga for the first time?
My mother is a Yoga teacher, so I was always curious.  But my first class was at The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, when I was in high school.  I had just stopped ballet dancing and couldn't get enough movement in my life, so I was drawn to Yoga. Self-exploration as an artist is an enormous part of acting and the safety and honesty yoga provides me is exactly what I need... still.

What's your favorite yoga pose and why?
Dancers pose, natarajasana.  It is beautiful when done in full expression.

If you could study under anyone for a year, who would it be, and why?
Randal Williams -- his use of words tranforms my ability to move.

What's your favorite book and why?
The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo.  We learn that we are standing a midst our dreams and everything we ever wanted is already in our hands.

What inspires you?
A brilliant performance on stage.  Watching someone tap into their emotions while raising the stakes as they vulnerably display themselves and their character on stage. An act of true humanity.

Favorite movie?
The English Patient.  I love love.

Best trip you've ever taken?
Thailand for 3 weeks with my sister, completely unplanned.  What a fascinating place and humbling experience.  The happiness there was unbelievable.

Favorite restaurant on the Cape?
Changes all the time... The Brewster Fish House is a definite favorite.  Vers in Chatham, wow!  The Chillingsworth, love everything there.  The Ocean Edge Terrace makes the best drinks and has the best views.

What's your biggest guilty pleasure?
Why feel guilty?  Own and love the choices you make.

How do you stay balanced? How do you unwind?
I stay balanced by going for a drive. I unwind with a swim in the bay.

What's your biggest dream for 2014?
To create the time to work as an actor on the Cape again.

What's your favorite part of teaching yoga?
Savasana, you can see how joyful this time is to the students,it brings me such happiness to know they are resting and in peace.

What's your favorite type of music to practice to? Favorite yoga song?
Devi Prayer -- Craig Pruess & Ananda

Words (or quote) you live by?
"The universe is a stage on which you mind dances with your body, guided by your heart."

How do you try to live a mindful life?
Love everyone and every moment, even the tough days.

Sunie teaches the 9:15am Align + Flow class on Tuesdays + Thursdays. You can connect with her + learn more on her website and/or blog