So you can get to know our awesome, amazing teachers, we’re starting a new series called GSY Teacher Feature. The incredibly talented Yulady Saluti sat down with me today after subbing the noon class in Bloomfield. You can catch her twice a week–and more because she subs a lot–in Bloomfield.
You may have seen her face at Whole Foods this month on the cover of Mantra Magazine. (See the cover below.) She’s also an Instagram and New Jersey favorite teacher and lululemon ambassador. She has an incredible story, if you haven’t heard. She is a recent cancer survivor and mother of 6. She just learned how to press up into handstands, and read on, it’s one of her favorite poses to teach! Here’s more:
KK: When do you teach at GSY?
YS: Tuesday noon to 1 p.m. and Wednesday 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. in Bloomfield. And I sub a whole lot. (She’s stepping this Saturday at noon and 3 p.m. while Stacey Bell is away.)
KK: How would you describe your class? Flowy? Workshop-y? Killer cool? Killer hard?
YS: Flowy, workshop-y and fun. I like to keep it fun. I don’t take myself too seriously. (Note from KK: They are fun–and also super challenging which we GSY yogis love.)
KK: Give us a sample of what’s on your playlist?
YS: For today, we had:
The Who, Bab O’Riley
Bruce, Born to Run
Lana Del Rey, The Lucky Ones
Simon and Garfunkel, Cecelia
Radiohead, Karma Police
Jack White, Love Interruption
Goyte Somebody That You Used to Love
Jason Mraz, The World As I See It
KK: Why did you start practicing and teaching yoga?
YS: I started practicing because I was broken, and I needed a solution, and yoga was it for me. I was broken physically and mentally. That was six years ago, then I took a bunch of breaks because I had all of these surgeries. I’ve been teaching for 5 years.
KK: What’s your favorite pose to teach?
YS: Love to teach handstand. It’s my favorite to teach because it’s so hard for me to do it. Handstands don’t come easy for me. I have to work really hard to get into them. Through all of the surgeries I’ve had to have—missed muscles here or there–I’ve had to break it down in order to get it.
KK: Tell us one thing about yourself that would surprise us.
YS: I love classical music. I have a lot on my iphone. In my early teens, I realized that I really liked it. I used to sit and listen to it, and it made me really happy.