We met Kim almost 9 years ago to the date. We have shared many laughs and conversations over her 1,000+ visits to the studio. One of the first people we see in the morning, Kim always brings a smile with her to the studio. It’s truly a joy to see Kim and how her practice has evolved.
In another edition of Townie Tuesday, we asked Kim to share a little about her time here:
Why did you start doing yoga?
I had been studying mindfulness as a means to relieve anxiety, but was having trouble applying the theory to everyday life. It was challenging to calm the activity in my mind long enough to focus and reap the benefits of mindfulness. One day I was walking down Preston Street and saw a sign advertising hot yoga. I had attended a few yoga classes at the gym (I really sucked at it) but had never heard of hot yoga. I huffed and puffed as I climbed the stairs and signed up. That was nine years ago.
What’s the yoga accomplishment you’re most proud of?
Without doubt the completion of my 200 hour teacher training in India. My intent was to learn more about Yoga philosophy and I ended up learning so much more, especially about myself. It was a real eye opener that had a huge impact on me, and I quickly realized that 200 hours only provides a glimpse of the history and knowledge inherent in the Sutras and other literature.
It’s all about the vibe. I have certainly practiced at other studios but am always happy to return to my ‘home base’. Yogatown is cozy, comfortable, and I feel like part of a large family. The staff are so friendly and are always ready for a nice chat and a good belly laugh. I have met so many wonderful people there.
What does the word Townie mean to you?
We believe that yoga is about so much more than being bendy. What does yoga mean to you and how has it changed since you started?
When I first started practicing I was really not bendy and I had no real strength. My arms would ache when washing my hair in the shower, and there was not much about me that was flexible, both physically and emotionally. I can honestly say that it took about a year before I was comfortable in my practice, and it took even more time to be able to apply mindfulness off the mat. Over time, I learned patience and kindness (with myself), and to listen to my body and instincts. Everyday is different and provides me with yet another opportunity to practice my journey. Today, I feel joyful and happy, and thankful that I chose this path.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I am truly grateful to the excellent teachers who have helped guide me. The yoga community is amazing and I am blessed to have met so many people who are now an integral part of my life.