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Townie Profiles – Yashila

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By Tracy Billows | owner, teacher

Hello Townies!

We’re here again with another profile of a Townie in the Yogatown community. This week we’d like to introduce you to Yashila! Starting with yoga back in January, Yashila is one of the newest members of our community. The photo here of Yashila is actually taken right after her very first yoga practice! We are honoured to have welcomed her to yoga (and get her hooked on it)!

Yashila has had a very impressive start to her yoga practice, making it in an average of 20 times per month – no small feat! Being a new member, we wanted to collect her thoughts on how her experience with yoga at Yogatown has been so far:

Why did you start doing yoga?

I accomplished my first practice in January 2019. I was initially in search of an activity that would benefit my physical/mental condition. I sometimes I get lost in my professional path working as an early childhood educator. I was looking for something to help me disconnect from my day-to-day routine and all the sensations and reactions I deal with on a daily basis.

Practicing yoga in the hot room for the first time didn’t only make me sweat but it gave me an entirely new insight of my own perceptions and a sense of discipline on how I can be in control of my emotions. I felt grounded and transported to a divine world and some type of inner calmness and peace.

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

After my first yoga practice, I felt so enlightened. I pledge to myself to be committed on this path of self-discovery. Through every practice I come to realize my own regenerative capacities and it really elevates my mind, body and spirit. I have also noticed that my flexibility improved. Yoga causes my muscles to get used to being “used”. I practice at least five times a week and never go 3 days without getting on my mat. I recently purchased my first mat and I’m so gratified to have found this commitment of self-love.

Why Yogatown?

Primarily I chose Yogatown because it’s not too far from my place. I feel so comfortable in the surroundings. The instructors and admins are very welcoming and always have a smile on their face. The quotes in the bathroom are so inspirational and I love to get to my practice a bit ahead of time to find peace and quietness on my mat.

What does the word Townie mean to you?

It paints a picture of community and open arms. It creates a sense of belonging to me.

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?

Yoga helps me be more kind and compassionate towards myself and the world around me. It taught me to live in the moment instead of being anxious about the past or the future. I’ve learned to be more appreciative of the little things in life and listened attentively to my intuitions.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I am very grateful to have crossed paths with this unique lifestyle that is so rewarding on and off the mat. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my experience.

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