As a yoga teacher and crafty designer, Andra lives by the words of Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet, “Work is love made visible.” What we do, what we say, and our attitude behind our deeds is tranformative, and that is what Andra finds enthralling about Yoga. She believes that if we approach our practice and our lives with loving kindness, yoga provides a space for awareness and observation, from there, we choose. We choose the next pose, the next breath, the next thoughts, words, and actions. That is how we transform.
Andra was introduced to yoga while finishing her Architectural Thesis and immediately embraced the various asana, breathing, meditation and chanting practices that helped her maintain balance in her life. After experiencing the benefits of the practice, in 2008 Andra enrolled in Wild Lotus Yoga’s first Soul School Teacher Training Program.Andra has continued to study, reenrolling in Soul School 2012, Daniel Orlansky’s Yoga of Energy Flow 500 Hr Teacher Training, and Lynn Jensen’s Yoga for Fertility. She feels blessed to have learned from an array of talented teachers including Sean Johnson, Mitchel Bleier, Daniel Orlansky, Kate Greer, Lynn Jensen and Scott Blossom.
Emphasizing slow, deliberate and mindful movement, as well as mediation and restorative postures, Andra focuses on enhancing the Relaxation Response, helping people move from the Flight or Fight reaction into the Rest and Digest state. This philosophy of practice inspired Andra to design and create the first Flow & Restore classes at Wild Lotus Yoga and within the city of New Orleans.
Andra is also interested in Yoga as it relates to a women’s physical and reproductive health. A few times a year she teachers Fertile Mind, Fertile Body a course designed to help women struggling to conceive to find peace, acceptance, and love in what is.
In addition to her work at the yoga studio, Andra is a graphic designer and screen prints human and dog shirts, greeting cards, and artwork. She makes other delightful goodies through her company Lovegood.Co. (Side note: that cute dog pictures with Andra is Luna Lovegood, the namesake for her company).
In her free time, Andra loves to scratch dog bellies, laugh, spend time with her friends, sing, and discover new ways to be crafty. One day, she would like to fuse glass.