Dale Kukielka – Yoga Teacher
I began yoga almost 30 years ago, when the only classes I could find were at the Meditation Center in NE Minneapolis. I consider those first yogis (Swami Veda and Rolf Sovik) as the biggest influence on my practice. I wanted to learn backbends, handstands, and feats of strength and balance. Instead, they led me to discover that yoga is what happens before and after the poses. Several years later, career and family started demanding more attention, and I became tired of “rolling around on the floor.” I took a break, but soon I craved the peace, calm, and devotion I originally learned.
I tried taiji and qigong, practicing and teaching that for several years before turning to yoga again. I have been teaching yoga for over 9 years now. I don’t have one particular style; I draw from hatha, vinyasa, heat, ashtanga, and even taiji/qigong. Far from being a perfect yogi, you might find me watching Big Brother or Real Housewives (not just a guilty pleasure, but also an examination of the human psyche J).
I’ll close with a toast, a legacy left by my recently departed aunt; I’m not completely sure what it means, but she always said it with playful joy, and that alone is good enough for me: “peaches on the roof.”