In a twist to our Townie Tuesday profiles, we’d like to feature one of our volunteers, or as we affectionately call them, our EEs (short for Energy Exchangers).
If you ever come to Yogatown and wonder how we manage to keep it so fresh and clean all the time, it’s because of the incredible team of volunteers in our EE Program.
Holly has been a part of our EE team in Stittsville for over a year now and is someone who truly goes above and beyond – not only in cleaning the studio, but by bringing an infectious kind energy each and every shift. We are so fortunate that Holly is on our team.
We got Holly to share a little about her yoga journey and her time here at Yogatown.
Why did you start doing yoga?
I stumbled across a yoga class about 10 years ago. I went in with no expectations. I had tried various different gyms, fitness classes, exercise and was looking to feel healthy.
The practice of moving your body as meditation really clicked for me. The more classes I went to, the more I understood that beyond a fitness component, yoga teaches life skills! The strength and wellness I cultivate on the mat carries through in my day to day life outside the studio – the compassion I show to myself, shows up in how I treat others. The patience I have for myself when I am dying in dragon pose, comes through when dealing with conflict at work. There are a lot of lessons to that yoga teaches, outside of the poses.
What’s a yoga accomplishment you’re most proud of?
To listen to my body – the teacher guides the practice and it is okay to listen to what you need in the moment. ALSO one time I did a flying lotus and didn’t fall on my face.
I love how people show up at Yogatown as their authentic selves – it doesn’t feel pretentious. The teachers at Yogatown are always putting together dynamic and creative practices that challenge you physically and leave you with something to reflect on. The studio is clean (ahem, EE Program plug), spacious and cozy. Whether I am working my EE shift or attending a class, it feels like a safe and happy place for me.
How long have you been in the EE Program?
I just celebrated my 1 year anniversary! I started the EE program because I had moved out to West end and did not know anyone. I wanted to get involved somewhere and meet like minded people.
What does the word Townie mean to you?
To me, it means community. The community here is welcoming, kind and open.
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?
Yoga has given me a space for my mind and body to work together with compassion and mindfulness. Initially I connected with yoga because of the connection it brought my mind and body. When I first started practicing, it felt very “all or nothing”. I had to go every day, if I missed a practice it felt like failure. No one has time for that kind of pressure!
As the practice of yoga has come in and out of my life, I have learned that it is less about putting the hours in, and more about it being a critical piece of my self care. If life or work gets in the way, the mat won’t go anywhere! I have really been focused on creating a structure for my practice so I make the time. I also have been learning more about Ayurveda and the chakras (Thank you Kymberli for the book suggestions!) and how that partners with the physical practice of my yoga.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Take the cool, lavender infused cloths we sometimes offer at the end of class – game changer!
Did you want to join our Energy Exchange Program? Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started on your application today.