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Townie Profiles – Anchela

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By Tracy Billows | owner, teacher

Welcome to another Townie Profile! This week we’re featuring Townie and self-proclaimed tea lover – Anchela! We first met Anchela back in 2015 when she got inspired by her friends’ posture:

“I was sitting around one day with my friends and realized that I couldn’t sit up straight like they could. I started yoga to help my terribly tight back and leg muscles.”

It didn’t take long to convince Anchela that yoga was for her:

“After a few sessions, I realized there was more to yoga than the physical poses and just kept coming back!”

And came back she did! Anchela has been back taking classes for the past few years now and we’re always happy to see her back at the studio practicing.

We got Anchela to share a little bit about her experience at Yogatown.

What’s a yoga accomplishment you’re most proud of?

I find it tricky to get the poses, breathing, and mindfulness right. I am super proud each time all of these elements come together in a practice. To be honest though, I don’t really have any accomplishments in yoga. Life can be a bit of a race and I get so caught up chasing goals. It’s nice to have yoga to counterbalance the bustle, let it all go and just be.

Why Yogatown?

I have tried a few studios but I keep coming back to “my home studio”, Yogatown. I love the calm, positive vibe. The teachers, staff and fellow townies are so lovely. (I promise I wasn’t paid to say that!)

What does the word Townie mean to you?

Being a townie means being part of a community.

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?

I won’t lie, I started yoga because I wanted to get more “physically bendy”, and I have made some progress. However, over the years, I have noticed that I am more “mentally bendy” – calm, clear-headed, resilient. The mind-body connection in yoga is extraordinary. I often hear teachers exclaiming things like “hip-opening poses can be hard as they may bring to surface pent up angst or anger”. I get it! Some poses can be trying in the moment, but feel incredibly cathartic after.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Love, love, love the tea!

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