Why did you start doing yoga?
My doctor suggested that I practice yoga because of work related stress. I very quickly knew it was exactly what I needed – the perfect balance between physical exertion and emotional/mental benefits!
Has it changed since you started practicing?
I may have come for physical and mental health benefits, but I find more and more often that I’m practicing because it’s simply just FUN! I’ve brought so many friends with me, including life long friend Nicole Byrne who is now the Stittsville manager! Yogatown is another home for me. The sense of community I feel with my fellow Townies is just wonderful and brings so much joy to my life.
How does yoga enhance my life?
It’s infiltrated every part of my life. Whether stuck in traffic, running late for an appointment, or just dealing with complex work problems, I now have an almost automatic response to breathe through stressors and submit to what is outside of my control. The old me would have worked myself up into a tizzy, but instead, I’m now calm and focussed. I know without question it has added years to my life and life to my years.
How do you feel when you finish your practice?
I simply love the physical and mental reset. It leaves me with a calm contentedness, but also with the confidence to face daily challenges with renewed faith in myself. This is particularly the case after a more physically challenging class (hello, Core Flow)! I know that I’m stronger now than I have ever been in my life – physically, mentally, and emotionally.
We believe that yoga is about so much more than being bendy. What does yoga mean to you? Has it changed since you started practicing?
To me, yoga has become a lifestyle…one in which the practice has helped transform me into someone that is more aware and present in my everyday life and has allowed me find balance when there wasn’t any! At the beginning, it was all about the poses and trying to do it “right” with the perfect form and holding the pose as long as I was supposed to. But I’ve learned to listen to myself and my body as I’ve become more in tune to what is “right” for me. The practice challenges me every time I’m on my mat but I’ve come to accept that and observe the resistance because ultimately, it allows me to grow.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I love practicing at Yogatown…I love the teachers, the staff, my fellow yogis…I love everything about it and everything that it has brought to my life. It’s given me calmness amidst the storms, it’s taught me to breathe and flow and be present to experience life as it is…it’s allowed me to look at adversity from a place of gratitude…and I am so appreciative!