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Townie Profiles – Melanie

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By Tracy Billows | owner, teacher

Melanie was one of the first people to step though our doors when our Stittsville location opened back in 2013. Since then Melanie has completed over 500 classes.

We asked Melanie a few questions about where she began her yoga journey what Yogatown means to her.

1. Why did you start doing yoga?

I started dabbling with yoga a little while ago when I was on cancer treatment.  I had read an article about how it could be beneficial for cancer patients. Yoga wasn’t as popular as it is today and my docs didn’t have a lot of info for their patients but I was intrigued to learn more. I learned about benefits such as stress relief, mind/body and fitness. I thought “this is definitely what I need!” I didn’t practice regularly to reap all the benefits but a life changer for me was learning the Ujjayi Pranayama.  For the years that followed I continued to do yoga off and on. Then there came a time when I was working in a stressful job and was having chronic back problems. Knowing what I had learned over the years and how yoga would be beneficial, I decided to commit myself to a minimum of 2 classes per week and if I did more that was a bonus. It was at a time when I really needed yoga. Yoga became my therapy.

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

Maybe it’s a little silly, but the yoga accomplishment I’m most proud of is learning to stand on my head.  My core is the strongest it has ever been and I developed “new” muscles on my abdomen I never knew existed.  This new found physical strength opened doors for many other things too. I became a better runner, I started doing boot camp style workouts, obstacle course racing and I even joined a soccer league in my late 40’s having never played soccer before!  Thank you to yoga and to the skilled YT teachers who taught me to move past my comfort zones.

3. Why Yogatown?

I started going to Yogatown because of the proximity to my home.  I then fell in love with the calming inviting space, the classes and the teachers.  Yogatown was the first studio I attended with regularly scheduled classes at set times which helped me become consistent with my practice.    I love love love the essential oil applications during practice, it adds to the relaxing ambiance. It is incredible how much I’ve learned over the years from the outstanding teachers at YT.  They are all top notch! My practice has grown exponentially since I found Yogatown and each time I come through those doors I can almost feel layers of stress peel off my body.

4. What does the word Townie mean to you?

Townie means community to me.  It’s a community where I always feel I belong.  I enjoy seeing the other yogi’s in and out of the studio and have made many new friends over the years.   I’m proud to be a Townie! Thank you for creating this community in Stittsville.

5. 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?

The biggest thing for me is that Yoga has become essential in my life.  Almost as essential as any necessity like love or food. When I get too busy (like recently) I start longing for my next class.  It’s a moment in my life where I can practice stillness, breath slowly and change my body while moving through postures without thinking.  It helps keep me grounded. As I’ve mentioned, yoga is my therapy. When I feel really out of funk, I clear everything off my schedule and head to Yogatown. I’m so grateful for Yogatown.

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