CLARKS SUMMIT — Hilary Steinberg is the owner and founder and a Pilates instructor at Jaya Yoga, 320 South State St. She is a graduate of Abington Heights High School and Ithaca College. She lives in Clarks Summit with her fiancé, Jeff and dog, Sampson.
How long have you been teaching yoga?
Almost 10 years.
How did you first get into yoga?
I first got into yoga through pilates. I was living in Los Angeles. I was going to the gym every day and it segwayed into a pilates fusion class and I really loved it, and I liked a lot of the teachers. It started to open the door to yoga.
How has yoga impacted or influenced your life?
Yoga is a lot more than we think it is. A lot of people come to de-stress and for the physical benefits, but it is really about connecting deeper with yourself.
Yoga has helped me reconnect with the most important aspects of who I am as a person. It reminds me what is really important. It also helps keep me present and authentic. At the end of each class, I tell people to thank themselves not only for the hard work, but the heart work.
Yoga empowers people to be the best version of themselves.
Do you have any personal fitness goals for 2019? If so, what are they?
I get on my mat every day. One day in (a past) December – the studio was a few years old at the time, and it was very busy – I was classically taking more time to take care of everybody else. I got away from my own practice, and then one day I threw my mat down and decided I had to practice, move my body, be in my own head space ... I needed a quick staycation.
Since that day, I’ve practiced every single day since. So my goal is to get on my mat every day in some capacity. It won’t always be the perfect time, but I can make the time I have the right time.
What advice would you give to someone trying to start a fitness journey?
The best advice I can give someone is stay with it. Maybe you skip a day or miss your class. Instead of wallowing, do something or do a home-practice or routine.
Talk to yourself the way you would talk to your best friend. If your best friend got discouraged, you would be their biggest cheerleader. Whether you do this for your career or for your own health and wellness, be your biggest cheerleader.
If your mindset is in a state of growth, there is always possibility.
What community organizations are you involved with? What other hobbies and interests do you have?
I am a member of the Sergeant Jan Argonish Ride Committee. It’s a motorcycle ride in honor of a fallen soldier. We raise money for local vets.
I do a lot of events through Jaya. I’m involved with what’s called Yoga on the Roof. We raise money for the Northeast Philharmonic. This year will be our sixth annual.
Yoga is a lot about “seva,” or “selfless service,” so a lot of the instructors and I will go out in the community and teach yoga. A lot of these events are so fun that it doesn’t feel like work. I’ve started doing some talks about yoga and wellness too.
In my other free time, I am with my family, friends and puppy dog. I take him to South Abington Park and we walk the trail. If I’m not doing yoga or there, I’m probably at State Street Grill having dinner.