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Townie Profiles – Jackie

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By Tracy Billows | owner, teacher

Jackie has been going to Yogatown since 2013 and logged almost 750 visits (that’s over 800 hours of yoga). Jackie’s love of Yogatown even inspired her to take her Yoga Teacher Training!

Her journey at Yogatown began after seeing a flyer for our Trial Membership. Jackie started out wanting to keep her back healthy, but quickly discovered the mental health benefits as well. She fell in love with yoga during that first month of classes that she did at our Stittsville location. After starting in Stittsville, she quickly became a regular at our Preston studio where she really cemented her love of Yogatown. Going back to her Stittsville roots, she settled back into Stittsville, where she’s now one of our very best Energy Exchangers there.

When Jackie finds a sense of calm walking into the studio, we find a sense of joy seeing her back again and again with a positive attitude and a smile on her face.

We love you Jackie!

Jackie took some time to share a bit more about her journey here:

Why did you start doing yoga?

I started doing yoga when I moved back home after finishing school and I was looking for a form of exercise. I saw a flyer at MEC advertising a trial month at a yoga studio and figured I’d give it a try. I’ve never looked back. It was kind of a blessing in disguise as I have chronic back issues and when I started working I didn’t realize how much of an impact my job would have on my spine. I wasn’t thinking that yoga would be my answer to keep my back healthy but it absolutely was. If I haven’t done yoga in a few days I can feel a noticeable difference in my comfort level and ability to move in certain ways. It allows me to keep doing the things I love.

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

Being able to slow down my movements, and make my practice more graceful. It took me years to be able to do that.

Why Yogatown?

After doing the intro month here I was hooked. Not only to the physical and mental benefits of yoga itself but the staff at Yogatown are one of a kind. I could be having a terrible day, and as soon as I walk through the doors of the studio I am just filled with a sense of calm. They are all about the little things, which makes a huge difference. I get wished a happy birthday every year, even if I don’t show up to practice on my birthday they still remember days later. 🙂

How long have you been in the EE Program?

I have been a part of the EE program for just over a year now, and am so happy that I chose to join the team. At the start I was a little worried as in the back of head I thought working for Yogatown might wreck my view of the studio if there were some not as nice things going on behind the scenes. I couldn’t have been more wrong, the staff are all genuinely amazing and kind. I’ve met so many awesome people along the way as an EE.

What does the word Townie mean to you?

A friendly face.

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?

To me, it means release. Like many others I got into it for the physicality at first and then slowly started to get all these other benefits that I wasn’t really expecting would actually happen. When I started I was more in my head and always thinking about whether or not I was doing the pose right and whether or not my version of a pose physically looked good. As the years have gone by slowly I’ve been able to let that go (for the most part!) and as soon as I lie down on my mat and my body relaxes into the ground it’s like I’m in a different world, and all that other stuff that might have been bothering me before slides away. I get to focus on my breath and making my movements feel good.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Yogatown is the place where I feel in love with yoga to the point where I took the training to become a yoga teacher as well. I can’t get enough. 🙂

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