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By Tracy Billows | owner, teacher

Back in 2010, we had the privilege of meeting Veronica. She came to the studio on a recommendation from her daughter and hasn’t looked back since. Now with over 1,500 hours of yoga at our studio, Veronica has made yoga part of her daily life and we see her practicing at the Preston and Stittsville studios.

Veronica shared a little bit more about her past 9 years here at Yogatown:

Why did you start doing yoga?

My daughter introduced me to hot yoga a number of years ago. I will admit that I was skeptical at the outset. Hot yoga? what is that all about? a fad aimed at millennials like my daughter?

But thankfully, I put my skepticism aside and decided to experience hot yoga first hand before passing judgement.

I have never looked back since those early days of twisting, balancing, sweating and, best of all, discovery.  Yoga is now an integral part of my daily life. I especially enjoy the rare occasions when my daughter is home in Ottawa and we are able to practice together.

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

There is no single accomplishment, posture, movement or flow of which I am most proud.  I do take pride in my increased flexibility,courage and strength, both physically and emotionally. I also am gratified with my increased ability to be present in the moment and to enjoy resting on my mat.  Yoga has brought me more awareness and appreciation of such simple pleasures.

Why Yogatown?

When I think of Yogatown, my first thought is about a very caring yoga community. The studio fosters a sense of belonging. Front-desk staff members are friendly and helpful. Teaching staff  provide guidance but also inspiration. But what I appreciate the most is the personal interest that staff take in my life inside and outside the studio. I went through a period not too long ago during which I was unable to practice.  I experienced a warm welcome upon my return and lots of encouragement to pick up my practice again. That personal touch makes all the difference!

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?

When I started yoga, my main preoccupation was to get the pose “right” and to keep up with the other yogis.  My focus has shifted over the years. Why is yoga important to me? It promotes physical health along with my emotional well-being.  It brings a pause to the business of daily life… phones, no chatter, no rushing. Yoga is also teaching me how let go of anxiety, a process about which I continue to learn.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I retired two years ago after 35 years of service.  While I welcomed retirement, I also felt somewhat lost and isolated.  My yoga practice was especially important during the transition from professional to home life. Yoga was, is, my anchor.  It is among the many blessings for which I am very grateful. Namaste!

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