Yogini You Should Know: Janet Stone
In 1996, Janet Stone traveled to India, the birthplace of her grandfather, where she met a powerful yogi and became dedicated to a conscious evolution through yoga.
As one of San Francisco's premiere yoga instructors, Janet blends a wealth of knowledge and yoga experience, Tantra and chanting to create a unique, vigorous-yet-sumptuous approach to Vinyasa yoga that effortlessly melds awareness with movement and breath.
She currently follows the teachings of her two young daughters, India and Lilianna, who shed the light on all things profound and wondrous.
Read our exclusive interview with Janet Stone as she talks about her Indian roots, precarious places to practice, and favorite mantra's.
Tell us a little about your roots in India, we hear that is the birthplace of your grandfather.
I grew up celebrating the Hindu holidays with my grandfather and his family and with wild stories of pythons, tigers, spices, and great Indian adventures. As soon as I could take a hiatus from my career in the film industry I caught a flight to India and spent time on a pilgrimage to know my family more intimately and as this mysterious world revealed itself, I of course discovered myself more intimately as yoga revealed itself to me.
Where is your favorite place on Earth to practice?
Wherever I am.
I could easily go into what if feels like to practice in the Himalayas or temples of Indonesia but in truth, it is just as glorious to feel the deep rhythms of this life's breath moving in and out while in my backyard and my kids are trying to knock me down while in handstand.
What mantra do you most recommend?
Om! It's available in any moment, breath, drama, confusion and offers the great reminder that we are not as separate from all beings as we think we are.
Oh, oh, but I sure can't stop myself from singing:
~ The Hanuman Chalisa (when I've got the time and feel the pull toward complete devotion)
~ Shri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Rama | Sita Ram Sita Ram Jaya Jaya Sita Ram | Rama Rama Sita Rama! (reminding me of the perfect union within and without)
~ Gayatri Mantra (in every breath)
~ Hey Ma Durga, Hey Ma Durga, Hey Ma Durga Jai Jai Ma ! (coming forward with fierce compassion)
~ Om Namo Lakshmi Om Namo Lakshmi Prema Devi Mata-ji ! (recognizing the abundance already flourishing in my life)
The list is really quite long...come and sing with me!
We would love to come sing with you. Tell us, what is your favorite yoga pose?
Anjaneyasana (low lunge) as it offers a connection to the 5 elements in it's rooted essence into the earth (Prithvi), it's fire (Agni) ignited in the belly, the swirl up and down the spine of water (Apas), the openess of air (Vayu) through the body and around the heart, and the spaciousness (Akasha) created through the entire being.
But don't get me wrong, I love a good arm balance and anything that brings space around my heart. Oh, and sivasana rocks.
What is the most compromising/precarious place you've ever done yoga?
In my practice room with my children using me as a landing pad as they launch themselves off the couch.
I could also say that asana on a helicopter is not the safest or the sheer cliff at the rim of the Grand Canyon or the bow of that ship plowing through the Indian Ocean at great speeds. These are precarious and simply brilliant places to practice this thing called yoga that is available at any spot in this global village.
What is one thing that we (and everyone else) don't know about you?
Not much...have you heard of facebook?
Okay, let's see, here's a juicy one: I love you in all of your various forms.
Thanks Janet! Something tell's me we will be taking you up on your offer to sing with you.
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