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Sep 28th

Trust me, I’ve got this!

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I don’t know how, when or why I lost trust.  Maybe it was all of those politicians issuing promises they’d never keep.  Perhaps it was all of those executives from Philly sports teams assuring us that a world championship was right around the corner.  Who knows, it may have begun when I was a kid and learned the truth about Santa Claus.  Regardless of when it happened, I had become a cynical old curmudgeon.  I was 57 years old, flabby and lethargic.  I had a grouchy disposition and an aching back.  In short, I was a mess.

Then one day I walked into Nourishing Storm.  That was a year and a half ago, and my life has been changing for the better ever since.

The catalyst for my transformation is named Kristin.  From the moment we met, I recognized that there is something unique and special about this lady.  She possesses the most pure and joyful spirit I’ve ever encountered.  Her faith in, and compassion for, her students is absolute and unwavering.  I am continually inspired by her eternal optimism.  And she is relentless in her drive to achieve.  Kristin has taught me so many things, much more than just yoga poses.  Most important among these lessons is this.  Once I’ve learned to trust myself, all of my goals would be attained as soon as I committed to them, only the journey would remain.  It wasn’t a concept I easily embraced, but I trusted Kristin and followed her guidance.  Soon I started to see results and my confidence soared.

About a year after my first yoga class, Kristin invited me to join Nourishing Storm’s latest Teacher’s Training course.  I initially balked, having previously read the daunting curriculum.  But Kristin would have none of my defeatism and knew exactly how to handle my reluctance.  After a good dose of her encouragement, I was not only convinced but excited for the class to begin.   We just finished our first training weekend.  It was absolutely amazing, highly enlightening and thoroughly inspiring.   The weekend has also confirmed the fact that this class will be as challenging as it is rewarding.  But that’s alright because I’m no longer a quitter.  Now I’m an achiever.  So, in almost exactly one year I will graduate from Nourishing Storm’s RYT 200 hour Teachers Training program.  Trust me, I’ve got this!

-John

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Jun 27th

Shining with love, hope and light!

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A little over a year ago I walked into Nourishing Storm during a very sad time in  my life.  I was 33 years old, newly diagnosed with breast cancer and recovering from a bilateral mastectomy. My hope was that yoga might help with my recovery, especially the newly acquired stiffness in my arms and chest.  Little did I know, that day was the very first step on my new path to much more than just physical recovery. After a health and wellness consultation with Kristin and reading many books she recommended, I realized that I was looking at cancer and life in general in the wrong light. Practicing yoga and meditation has helped me clear my mind and trust my intuition while building my confidence.  Since that first step was taken, I have been on a holistic journey with yoga as my foundation and I couldn’t be more grateful for all of the amazing people at Nourishing Storm that have walked this path with me!  Fast forward to a year later and my life is simply amazing as my husband and I are expecting our first baby!  8 months pregnant and I’m still strong enough to do not only one, but three chaturangas!  Yoga has pulled me out of my comfort zone and onto a beautiful new path that shines with love, hope and light!

– Aracelis

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Apr 30th

Finding time that I somehow didn’t know I had …

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” As a wife, mother, RN and CCM, I am much more comfortable taking care of others rather than myself. Firmly in middle age and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, I was well aware of the gamble that I was taking with my future health. Then, a wonderful friend asked if I could come with her to Nourishing Storm. I had never done yoga and was still fairly skeptical after signing up for the 30 day introductory offering. Well, that was about 8 months ago. I typically go now about three times a week to one of the yoga classes – finding time that I somehow didn’t even know I had. I have now tried a variety of their classes, even meditation, and dream of the day that I can do a crow pose. Everyone is welcoming, kind and thoughtful. I cannot believe how quickly my fitness level has risen even with the beginner classes and some shifts have definitely occurred with my perspective on life in general. I was even pleasantly surprised when my husband asked me a few months into my yoga practice if he could come to a class noting how he saw me benefiting and was intrigued for himself. Finally, besides the fun and inviting studio and cafe atmosphere, I would be remiss if I did not mention that they also make an amazing espresso!”
– Pattie
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Feb 10th

Yogi of the Month: Doing Something for Yourself

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IMG_9297“I started my yoga journey December 2015.   August of that year my son had left for college and being a single Mom my life was quickly changing around me.  My life was always on the go as my son played football and we were always busy with games, practice and life.  When he was getting ready to leave for college I thought to myself what am I going to do with myself?

As parents we put ourselves on the back burner? He was leaving home and I had to adjust quickly.  I came home from work every day I would go to my parents and help them around the house but something was missing. My friend suggested that we start to take yoga classes at Nourishing Storm.  I thought I don’t know how to do yoga but I would give it a try.  We went together for the first week and loved it.

I realized in life that if we do not do something for ourselves we lose ourselves in the everyday way of life.  

My life has forever changed thanks to Kristin and Megan.  I now have accepted that my son is at school and now have somewhere to go and feel good about myself.  When you are at Nourishing Storm you feel good about yourself and everyone around you.  As soon as you walk through the door there is a positive force that comes over you and you feel like you are at your home away from home.  I am grateful every day that I started yoga and have met many new friends along the way!”

– Christine

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Aug 17th

Meet Angela

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NS_Yogini_AngelaWhen I was ten months old, I contracted viral encephalitis, swelling of the brain, from a mosquito bite. The illness left me with a significantly weaker right side and dystonia in my right side. The best way I can describe dystonia is uncontrollable muscle contortions. These 2 conditions had left me perpetually sore and stiff. At 30 it was getting difficult to walk. That was a huge wake up call for me. I had always been curious about yoga and decided to give it a shot.

I started practicing yoga with a woman on YouTube in March and found Nourishing Storm about 6 weeks later. Going to class was scary for me at first. I struggle with feeling self conscious about the difficulties many poses present to me. Everyone is always so welcoming and non judgmental. I immediately felt welcomed.

Yoga has changed my life. My right side is stronger than I ever knew it could be.

I am finding harmony with, what one woman described as, the uncontrollable energy that is perpetually coursing through the right side of my body. I quit smoking cigarettes in April. But more than anything yoga has changed the way I think.

Yoga is a journey. It’s not about what you can and can’t do. It’s not about getting to the perfect handstand. The benefits of a pose can be reaped whether you are ready for the cover of some yoga magazine or if you are struggling to maintain your own version. We are all learning and growing and changing together. I am learning to embrace my body as powerful and strong and beautiful exactly as it is at this moment. My hope is that as we practice yoga, we will push ourselves past our limits and learn how strong we truly are, and we would also take the time to be kind to ourselves. To love ourselves. To be grateful to whatever power we claim for the bodies we have been given and the amazing things they can do. And that we would tend to our spirits with the same care and diligence that we use with our bodies.

– Angela

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