For a community to be more than just a group gathering for the sake of a shared activity, it comes down to the vitality and vibrancy of the people. And the people in OUR community are downright special! Our space thrives on them. Two of these radiant people are Martine and Sheryhann, two of our Energy Exchangers, who make up the dreamy Tuesday night volunteer team. We chatted with them about yoga, contributing to the Townie dynamic, and their shared love for personality tests.
Why did you start doing yoga?
Martine: My yoga journey started because I wanted to find a form of physical activity I would enjoy. I was also looking for something that would help clear my mind and calms me.
Sheryhan: I started practicing to take care of myself in a holistic way, to heal, and to be accountable for my overall health. Instead of adopting a reductionist approach, I wanted to take agency for my well-being. The consistency of the practice brings me satisfaction even though it’s challenging to always show up. I believe the purpose and satisfaction humans feel comes with collecting something we earned. I feel that through yoga, my well-being is earned and lasting.
What’s a yoga accomplishment you’re most proud of?
M: I’m most proud of myself for pushing outside my comfort zone and taking small steps every day to grow my practice. In the past year, I’ve grown so much as a yogi and a person and I have Yogatown to thank for that.
S: I’m very proud of the patience I’ve developed, that I’ve pushed myself to create a practice I’m comfortable with and without concern of what my practice “SHOULD” be. I am also very proud of the mental place I got to. I still want to be able to do the splits, EVENTUALLY.
Why do you like being part of the Yogatown community?
M: Everyone is so friendly and welcoming. There is no judgement or expectation, it’s simply people doing their best and encouraging others to do the same! From the moment you walk in, to the moment you leave, you can feel the positive energy of the townies around you, It’s amazing.
S: People are just so great. There is a warmth shared that the Yogatown community creates that makes you feel comfortable. You feel right at home, and even without saying much all the time. Everyone showed up to their mats for whatever intention it is and this unites as a collective for at least 60 minutes. That’s pretty cool.
Why do you like working with each other? What makes you the dream team?
M: Shery is the most outgoing person I know. With her around there is never a dull moment! Anytime someone isn’t feeling the best or having a bad day, she knows just what to say to make them laugh and smile! If you see her around the studio don’t be afraid to say hi!
I know we’re the dream team because our personalities complement each other (just ask Shery about our personality types). We work very well together, and have the same goal of getting the studio clean for all the townies to enjoy!
S: Martine is just SO great. She makes everyone feel very comfortable and heard, and she always finds reassuring words.Imagine finishing your day once a week with someone who tells you “You’re good!” at least 20 times in a night! Who wouldn’t want this!? I think they should create a Martine app for a self-esteem boost!
She is genuinely very caring of her time as an EE and really thinks about making the experience for the clients very good as she always wants to give the best. We have a natural good flow. We complement each other very well. She is my Tuesday night INFJ (16 personality test is a must, trust me) while I’m her ENFP.
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?
M: For me, yoga is about becoming the best version of myself. It’s about making small steps every day to take care of my mind and body. At the start of my practice, I saw it more as something I would do a few times a week for exercise and to clear my mind, but now I see it more as a way of life. My practice goes beyond my yoga mat.
S: When I first started practicing yoga, I thought yoga was about flexibility in a calm environment. Yoga now means to be in a room full of people and having a connection despite our differences whether in intention (mental) or abilities (physical). Yoga means being present, listening to yourself and your needs and learning how to understand that life will shape you through time. I understand there is an analogy in my own inner world and the way I make outer connections and how I am part of this world.
Martine and Sheryhan are volunteers at our Preston Street studio and you could be too! Head over to the bottom of our Pricing and Packages page, download a volunteer application and drop it off at the studio.
Our volunteers get unlimited free yoga and access to special pricing on retail and workshops. Shifts are only 3 hours once per week on the same day each week – amazing friendships are an added bonus!