Marie started working the front desk at Yogatown Stittsville in September last year. When we interviewed her for the desk job, she gave passionate responses to her interview questions – it was obvious how much Yogatown meant to her. She is a true Yogatown Super-fan!
As an unofficial Yogatown brand ambassador, we’ve seen Marie rock just about every iteration of our Yogatown tank tops since she started coming to the studio for classes in 2014. Ask Marie about any of the retail – she loves it.
Since her Yogatown debut, Marie has logged over 660 classes, did Run Club, and even a couple 30 day challenges. Marie is a shining example that you can make time to take care of yourself and how that can trickle down into being more present for your friends and family.
Now that she is an admin, clients are also getting to know her and see how passionate she is about being a Townie. She is a lovely, kind, outgoing person and we are so happy she’s a part of the team.
Marie opened up to us about her time at Yogatown:
Why did you start doing yoga?
In 2014, I just had my second baby and my friend Christina had been coming to Yogatown for a few months and was absolutely loving it! She kept trying to convince me to come with her. I honestly didn’t really want to try it. I thought yoga would be weird and it would be a waste of my time. I already belonged to a gym and being a mother of 2 small boys, I didn’t know if I could add yoga to my life. I eventually signed up and figured for 30 days, I had nothing to lose…. but what I didn’t know was just how much I would gain.
What’s a yoga accomplishment you’re most proud of?
My biggest yoga accomplishment I’m most proud of is closing my eyes during poses and really allowing myself to connect deeper to my body & mind instead of looking in the mirror at what I look like or anyone around me. I’ve been able to take that, and much more, off my mat.
Yoga has given me this incredible gift of feeling truly alive and most importantly, it has brought me to a place in my life that I am comfortable being myself. Of course I still struggle, (who doesn’t??) but I always know that when I feel lost I can get back to myself by heading to my mat. I always have a place to go that gives me inner peace when I’m feeling overwhelmed with the stresses of life. I have Yogatown.
At first it was just because a friend made me go and it’s very close to my house, but over the last 5 years, it’s become my second home. I come here for the people, for the quiet and safe space I can just show up and connect a little more to what truly matters to me.
I’ve shed quite a few tears on my mat. Things can come up during practice. Even just words. Really truly feeling it and being able to release those emotions has helped me get through a lot since I started coming here. I’ve had a place to come to heal. To be comfortable enough to cry in class says a lot about the space that Yogatown has created for everyone. Yogatown has a piece of my heart.
What does the work Townie mean to you?
The word Townie means I’m part of a non-judgemental community that I can truly be myself and be accepted for where I am in my own yoga journey. The community of Townies here has made my life so much richer.
I’ve connected to so many people since I began nearly 5 years ago and I know they’ve helped mould and shape me into this person I’ve evolved into since stepping through those doors in 2014. I am proud to be a Townie and offer my own love and support to those around me as well when it’s needed.
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?
When I first signed up I thought that hot yoga would help me melt 20 pounds of baby weight I was carrying, but I really didn’t expect yoga would end up shedding layers of mental weight I had been carrying so much of my life.
It didn’t happen instantly. I had to go through a lot of classes to start to unravel, but once the unravelling began, it kept going until I was forced to face some pretty fundamental issues from my past that haunted me and kept be from truly living my life to the fullest. Yoga soon became less about the asanas and more about setting intentions to help me work through these issues I know I needed to actually just FEEL.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I’m truly grateful to be part of the Yogatown Team now. It’s almost been a year since I was hired to work here and I feel so honoured to be in a role that offers me the opportunity to be a part of the journey others experience when they are here. I have moments every single week that I feel I’m helping change lives and it’s an amazing feeling!