Carli came to us curious and stayed with us because she found a safe place to resume yoga after reeling from an injury. She practiced at a few studios throughout the city over the years, but when she joined us as a Trial Member in the summer, she quickly realized she found a practice that accommodated, teachers who understood, and an environment that she loved to be in! She trusted us to show her that yoga could be what she wanted and, in fact, help her get back into so many other activities she once had to stop due to injury. We’re lucky to have members that feel comfortable and confident with us and to push their boundaries.
Why did you start doing yoga?
I started doing yoga again following an injury which had reduced my mobility, balance, and overall strength. I’ve practiced on and off for about 5 years now.
What’s a yoga accomplishment you’re most proud of?
I’m proud of my ability to go from doing one class a week to multiple classes without re-injuring myself. I’ve learned to pace myself and developed greater awareness of my body.
I love that it has seeped into my life outside of class. I recently noticed myself reaching down to pick things up off the floor while balancing on one foot. There’s no way I would have done that without yoga.
I’d heard great things about the studio space and the incredible environment from friends and people in my community. They were right! Yogatown is a special place to practice.
What does the word Townie mean to you?
There’s a place for me. I’m part of a community that’s welcoming. Plus, the shirts are cute.
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?
Being both bendy and stronger were key factors in me going back to classes. What has kept me practicing are the great teachers and overall environment of the studio. Yoga has been a chance for me clear my head for an hour, play on my mat and become curious about what my body can do at that moment. As well, yoga is what balances and strengthens my body enough to do other activities like running and biking with far greater ease.