Nikki: How long have you practiced yoga and what other forms of exercise do you like to do?
Jaffe: I have practiced yoga for close to 20 years. I also enjoy boxing workouts (non-contentiously), biking, and walking.
Nikki: What brought you to YogaSpark?
Jaffe: After practicing bikram for most of my yoga career, I decided that I needed another form of yoga to balance the continuity and structure of bikram. I knew I wanted the combination of new postures, flow and music to further explore my scope of practice.
Nikki: As a physical therapist, and lover of movement, you have such vast knowledge of the body. Why do you think having a consistent hot practice can be beneficial?
Jaffe: Heat plays an obvious role in helping to externally heat the body, while also helping to warm the soft tissue structures that assist in vital function. Hot yoga is beneficial for any body that desires to become more functional, by increasing mobility and stability at the muscle and joint level. With that said, I truly believe that the breath is where your internal heat resides and it is vital to any consistent yoga practice. External heat is critical in my own practice, but I believe any continuous yoga practice feeds the human body, mind and soul.
Nikki: Can you give a word or phrase that describes yoga to you?
Jaffe: I think yoga is so incredibly beautiful. It has played the most intricate role in me becoming me. I am blessed with the ability to practice every day.