Christine is one of those Townies who hit the ground running after she attended a Karma class in 2018. Over a year later she’s logged 130 visits so far. When we nominated her for Townie Tuesdays, she was humbled but didn’t think she was diligent enough in her practice to be featured! We love to share the stories of everyone and anyone who is a part of the Yogatown community. Yoga isn’t just about how much time you spend in the room, it’s about how you show up off the mat too. Christine has one of those personalities where you instantly feel her warmth and we’re happy to call her a Townie.
We reached out to Christine to answer a few questions about her time at Yogatown:
Why did you start doing yoga?
I was never an active person. I never participated in sports and could never keep up with going to the gym. However, I had a yearning to be active and adopt a healthy lifestyle. I didn’t necessarily want to lose weight or rapidly get in shape, but just wanted to incorporate a healthy activity into my life that I could enjoy and could keep going with. Yoga was it and Yogatown was it.
Aside from the health-related benefits, practicing yoga allows me to be in the present and focus on nothing else other than my body and my mind. It allows me to move myself physically and emotionally away from the daily worries and take a little time off. It has helped me deal with the stress I get from school, from work, and from people.
Overall, yoga makes me feel like a better person. I sweat it all out on the mat, and feel so much lighter afterwards (physically and emotionally)!
What’s a yoga accomplishment you’re most proud of?
The yoga accomplishment I am most proud of is being open to trying new poses, regardless of if I succeed or not. I naturally shy away from attempting new skills, especially in public. I worry that I will make a fool of myself and people will judge me. However, during classes, I find myself being emboldened to try new yoga poses! I usually cannot do the full form, but I find myself smiling and applauding myself internally for putting myself out there. I still remember the (third) time I tried the wheel pose, and was able to do it! I didn’t know my body could do that. Next challenge for me would be try a headstand.
I feel comfortable at Yogatown. I like the people who greet me, I like the people who teach me, and I like the people who practice with me. I also really like general cleanliness of the studio and the little touches such as the tea and nice hand soap. Those big and little things have made me feel like Yogatown is my base for practicing yoga.
What does the word Townie mean to you?
Being a Townie means no judgement -no judgement on how you practice, how you look, or how you feel. Being a Townie means having an open mind and heart.
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 see myself practicing yoga for the rest of my life. I find yoga as much of a mental exercise, as it is a physical exercise. It has emboldened me, soothed me, and made me feel strong.
Anything else you’d like to add?
It’s been a very positive experience with the studio, and I really appreciate the people and the atmosphere. Nothing to add, just gratitude!