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Townie Profiles – Dawna

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By Tracy Billows | owner, teacher

We are so lucky our paths crossed with Dawna. When we opened our doors as Moksha Yoga Ottawa in 2008, Dawna was one of the first people to find us. Here we are, over 10 years later and Dawna is still a part of our community. With nearly 1,400 hours of yoga at our studio, Dawna is an example of hard work and dedication with an infectious energy that lights up every interaction our Townies have with her.

We asked Dawna a few questions about her yoga practice and time her at Yogatown.

Why did you start doing yoga?

It was 10 years ago when a young athlete suggested I try yoga. This person had been practicing Moksha Yoga in London, ON and said she found it helpful in her sport of rowing, and it was enlightening. She thought I’d really enjoy it. At that time, I was considering trying something different. I was bored of big, mainstream health clubs, and thought I’d try out a smaller, specialized club. I narrowed it down to either a kickboxing club or a yoga studio. I walked into 300 Preston Street on December 26, 2008 and there was no need to look any further!

Initially, I started yoga to complement my other activities; to build strength and increase flexibility.

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

Unwavering commitment to my yoga practice.

Why Yogatown?

Yogatown is my community and I have felt this community grow and strengthen since day one. No matter what is going on in my life, the moment I walk through the doors at Yogatown, I feel a warm light inside turn on – I feel at home. It’s like I’m part of a ginormous family and as I trip up the stairs, I’m wondering who will be there to share the next little while with. When I leave, it’s always with a sense of enlightenment, energy and calmness.

What does the word Townie mean to you?

“I belong.”

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?

Overall, what yoga means to me is unity and peace. On a personal level, what it means to me is to connect mind, body, spirit and it has taught me to be calm, strong and compassionate. What is most important to me is what I take off the mat and apply to everyday situations. I began yoga with a physical benefit in mind; I learned along the way how beneficial it is to simply follow my breath, slow down the chatter in my head and to be humble (warrior). Practicing yoga has taught me to lead my life with a lens of gratitude.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I would like to say THANK YOU, Tracy and Jason, for fostering this wonderful community that we Townies love so much. Thank you to everyone at Yogatown for making my heart shine. – namaste

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