ALICE PUCHEU

Hometown:
Eunice, LA

Where do you live?
Upper East Side

Training/Certifications;
200 hr, LDPY (2015)

# of years teaching yoga:
I’m a proud newbie!

Do you have a second professional life?:
I’m a Technical Project Manager at Pro Bono Net, a legal aid advocacy nonprofit. I occasionally perform as a dancer and puppeteer and do project management for various nonprofits in the arts and human rights sectors.

What are your outside interests outside the studio?
I see a lot of theater and comedy. I adore live performance! Seeing people do what they love is the absolute best because you only pursue the life of a performer if you love it.

Where’s your favorite space to rejuvenate in the city?
And I’m not just saying this… Lyons Den is my go to space to be filled and revived. Bike riding when I’m not in a hurry also serves me well.

Favorite pre- and post-yoga snacks/meals:
I prefer to practice on an empty stomach which is why I don’t regularly practice in the mornings (mornings are for coffee with a side of coffee.) Post-yoga: for sure at least a liter of water and my favorite snack is an avocado with honey mustard.

What’s your favorite pose?
Warrior II is my jam. It always makes me feel equal parts powerful, calm, energized and focused. Also, Side Angle brings bunches of joy at the moment since I’m adding a number of variations to my practice while in it. They often don’t workout which is extra joyful.

The pose I have a complicated relationship with:
Fish Pose, although not a physically difficult pose for me, is a mental challenge. I always drift away and get shockingly aggravated. You may hear me groan if we do it in class. There is something about the heart opening plus pressure on the crown of my head that strikes a serious nerve.

What song can you put on repeat?
One More Time by Daft Punk, for so many reasons including the pun.

I love:
elegance in chaos.

I want to:
dance and laugh.

Yoga gives me:
serenity.

When I was little I wanted to be:
a lion tamer (kindergarten graduation picture as proof).

I want to change:
the meaning of success.

I want to give:
supportive realness.

When I wake up I:
crack my ankles.

When I teach I feel:
amped and grateful.

When I practice I get:
everything I can from the universe.

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