Q & A with Hallie Levy, Yoga Instructor

January 29, 2021

How did I end up in a power vinyasa yoga class for athletes, having failed spectacularly at any sport I’ve tried and why should you join me? The answer lies in my phenomenally inspiring, encouraging, and butt-kicking teacher, Hallie. 

Q: What was your career path?

A: I was a marathon runner and a gym rat, very athletic since my college days. I herniated a disc in my lower back, and couldn’t run anymore. The only thing I could do was hot yoga. I started practicing and it became a daily routine. I was intimidated at first. I wanted to teach spin, running, etc. and friends had told me I was so inspirational and motivating. I’m pretty confident but was feeling insecure about yoga. I became a teacher so that people like me wouldn’t feel intimidated like I did. I think it’s such a healthy, great way to exercise, especially as you age. My class is athletically driven. I didn’t mean for it to be that way, but its what my body craves. The people who take my class are people like me, current or former athletes.

Q: How do you choose your music and do you feel it’s spiritual?

There is a comfort level in my class; I don’t want to tell people how to feel in class. I let the music do that. I love making playlists and find the music and the asana combined creates the mood. I’m very particular about the songs. When I listen to a song, immediately I know if it takes me to a place that moves me, and as the flow happens there is a flow with breathing as well that is synced to the music. It’s very intentional. I listen to my mixes over and over again. I listen, meditate, spin, etc. to it and change them as needed.

Q: How did you pivot when Covid hit?

Right away I began teaching online. I read several articles and decided this was the right move. I still teach through a few select studios. We didn’t miss a class since last March! It’s exciting to have my own business where i don’t have to follow a studio’s schedule or ask permission to add or take away a class. 

Q: What are your favorite classes to take?

I take Lyons Den classes with Bethany. I love the intensity. I love a yin class too. 

Q: What are your must have yoga tools/products?

I love the Liforme mat, mainly in a hot yoga class. At home I prefer the Jade mat – it’s light and has a good grip. It’s textured and not as sticky as the Liforme. For yogawear, I like Lulemon wonder pants, Athleta Unstinkable, and alo clothes.

Q: Do you have any tips for anyone new to yoga?

I specialize in working with people who have the same injury as me. I have many clients with herniated discs. I like to teach people who are afraid of yoga and/or with bad backs. Don’t think you need to touch your toes or be flexible to practice. Don’t let anything get in your way. Try it and make your own decision.

Virtual Schedule: Monday/Friday 9:30 am, Wednesday 9:15 am, Saturday 9:30 am

Bona fides: Trained with Julie Gurevich and Heather Sheridan, POE Yoga, Baron Baptiste,  Lyon’s Den Power Yoga

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Founder of So Very, Micole has worked in beauty PR for over 20 years. She's passionate about wellness, sustainability, beauty, and style. She's happiest on a sunny day at the beach, indulging at a spa, or in a hot vinyasa class.

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