Debra Bokur — novelist, journalist, voice actor

Mind, body, spirit — did one element or another first draw you to yoga? That is, were you seeking to settle your mind? Have greater physical flexibility? Explore your true, spiritual nature?

I was intrigued by the possibility of enhancing my personal discipline and focus while also becoming more physically flexible

How about now: does yoga feed your mind or your body or your spirit more, or are those elements more in balance than when you started?

all of these elements have become more aligned 

How long have you been practicing yoga?

thirty years

How frequently do you practice yoga?

most days

Are you more likely to attend classes at a studio or practice yoga at home?

at home, where I can control the environment

Do you have a preferred yoga style?

I incorporate elements from multiple styles

When you were starting out, what came easiest and what was more challenging?

blocking out distractions and disruptive thoughts was difficult — because I also practice dance and am generally athletic, the physical part was easier

What have been the greatest benefits of yoga for you?

better flexibility and deeper, more restorative sleep — and my self-discipline has definitely increased

Apart from yoga, do you practice other techniques of mindfulness or meditation?

yes — breathing exercises, seated and walking meditation, and sound-focused meditation with singing (crystal) bowls and drums

Do you regularly do other forms of exercise?

hiking, dance and weight training — horseback riding when the opportunity presents itself

Outside of a yoga session, do you ever just strike a pose and stretch?

regular breaks throughout the day to get up from my desk and do gentle yoga stretching that focuses on my back, shoulders and hamstrings

If I gave you an expenses-paid yoga retreat, where would you go?


—interview © Marshal Zeringue