Yogi of the Month: Raoul Rosenberg

Name: Raoul Rosenberg

Occupation: Emmy award-winning Editor/Documentary Filmmaker. (Frontline, Nova, PBS)

Fun Fact about you: As a teenager I sang and performed in a comedy group using a ventriloquist dummy. A couple of the musicians I played with back then are fairly well known now, "They Might be Giants."

Favorite pose: I like the intensity of turbo‚Äźdogdolphin and plank.

When not on your mat, where can you be found? When I'm not on the mat I'm in the editing studio. Editing a documentary involves weaving together countless strands of music, picture and voice. It takes a while, but you can achieve a state of flow and fun.

How long have you been practicing and what’s your latest yoga breakthrough? I've only been practicing yoga for six months! I started as a way of recovering from knee surgery. Now I feel that tearing my ACL was a gift… I cherish the countless choices within every pose, and the change in mindset after each session. It sounds so squishy, but it's been my experience that yoga squeezes out bitterness and makes room for love.

How has yoga impacted your life? Yoga has gotten me out of my head and into the present. I find that if I postpone an important email exchange until after the practice, I might enhance a connection rather than distance myself from someone. For example, a friend chided me recently for being too self-involved and not listening to her. This made me feel defensive. A little Forrest Yoga however put me in touch with the infinite malleability of experience. I felt the urge to adjust my reaction, to make my interactions more giving and less selfish. That was the magic of yoga.