One of the unsung perks of the different locations of our studios is that we get to know some of the familiar faces who live, work, and play in the neighbourhoods. One of these faces is Amanda, who co-owns the stylish, superbly-curated boutique, Vincent, which is a few blocks down from our Preston studio. Amanda has been a member of our community for a while now, bringing a sincerity, kindness when she shows up for class and is often dropping little gems of wisdom in every conversation. Good neighbours and members like Amanda make our community shine a little brighter.
Why did you start doing yoga?
It’s been about 15 years since I first hit the mat and it is the only form of “exercise” that I notice a difference not only in my body but mind from the beginning of class to how I feel at the end.
What’s a yoga accomplishment you’re most proud of?
I’ve done a few 30 day challenges that have been amazing. It really makes you realize how you can fit yoga in daily life if you plan accordingly and stick to your intention.
Other than its convenient location from work and home, I love the atmosphere, it’s not pretentious, everyone respects each other and there is truly a sense of community. It’s efficient and clean. And I love the teachers and everyone who greet me as I enter and struggle up the stairs 🙂
What does the word Townie, or being part of this community, mean to you?
Being committed to my mental and physical health along with others who are doing the same.
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?
Yoga has always been something I go to, to work through what feels stuck physically and internally. It is also the opposite of what the world tells you to do, speed up, achieve and do more. Yoga teaches you to slow down, release, and do less. It’s a beautiful contradiction to living in our time.