BYSF Featured Yogi: Andrea Elkort

By Change Is Good
Posted in Our Blog, on May 07, 2018


For the past 18 years my occupation has been a stay at home mom. I have two daughters, ages 17 and 15. My role had been to be a constant for them -- my husband travels a lot so I wanted to be the anchor. This has allowed him to travel, yet provide steadiness at home as he is in and out.

However, after almost two decades this job is coming to an end. I am in the space of looking at what’s next. Being in the unknown is awkward and uncomfortable, yet I have glimpses of optimism and the opportunities ahead. I love people and beauty and nature and houses and am endlessly fascinated by the interior life. It interested to see if I can make it come together.

Fun Fact About You?

My husband asked me to marry him while we were scuba diving.

What is your nickname?  

My childhood nickname was “snail”l because I’m so slow about stuff. My current nickname is “A.”

What makes you laugh the most?

I’m slow to laugh -- I admire people who have an easy laugh -- it’s such an attractive quality. Right now, I’ve loving political humor. I always laugh at New Yorker cartoons and when listening to my favorite radio show “Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me.”

What song would you sing at Karaoke night?

Coldplay Fix You

What is your favorite restaurant?

Primo, in Rockland, Maine. If you’re ever in the area, check it out.

If you had a Saturday full of free time, what would you do?

Yoga, trail running with the Dirt Girls and home with my family.

What's the most daring thing you've ever done?

Being a parent.

What was your first job?

My first job was working as a retail sales clerk at a stationary store in high school. Very unglamorous.

What's your favorite family tradition?

I love being outdoors with my family and exploring new places, it doesn’t matter what it is.

What three things do you think of the most each day?

  1. Gratitude for health and well-being. Every day and every moment.
  2. My family.
  3. Natural beauty.

How long have you been practicing yoga?

I have been practicing on and off for 8 years inconsistently. I would go to a yoga studio and something would change about the studio, nothing really stuck until I came to the Baptiste Studio. I love the quiet, that there are no mirrors and what the practice is about; that is what has kept me coming back.

I found Baptiste in October 2017 and I just jumped right in with 40 Days to Personal Revolution. Practicing 6 days in a row is not something that I would have done on my own and I really saw the benefits. And I loved being with other people in the community. It also made me go to other classes which was really great because I got to meet other people in the community.

How did you find yoga? What inspired you to start a practice?

The first yoga I tried was at the Yoga Lab in Fairfax. It was hot hot yoga and was a Bikram inspired practice. For a while I went to Red Dragon, but the teaching was inconsistent so it didn’t stick.

I am a trail runner and yoga is the perfect compliment to trail running. Yoga enables me to keep on running. Everything in life is better with yoga!

Favorite Pose:

Wheel because I’ve getting better at it. I also like Chair pose because it’s always a challenge. My favorite pose is always changing just like me.

Pose I want to improve:

Crow. It’s very alluding to me.

Why Baptiste Yoga?  

My youngest daughter is a freshman at The Bay School. When I started dropping her off I would see the sign in front of the building and it made me curious. Then Sarah Kowalczyk, a trail running buddy and fellow yogi, put a blurb in a her newsletter about yoga studios to check out -- SF Baptiste Yoga was listed! I didn't know that Jen (the owner) was a friend of Sarah’s as well, that was a lovely coincidence. At my first class, Jen was teaching and I was way out of my league, but I loved the quiet and I loved no mirrors, so I kept coming back. It is a privilege to witness (and be a part of) the impact Jen and the entire teaching team inspires in others.