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Feb 28th

Yogi (Staff) of the Month

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How did you find yoga?

I found yoga in the midst of dealing with a lot of divorce drama between my parents. Being a support system for both of them, I felt like the weight of the world was on my shoulders. My time spent on my mat and in class lessened that weight little by little.

How long have you practiced?

About 4 years

How long have you worked for NS?

I started working in the cafe as an ambassador in June 2017 and quickly dove into my teacher training the following September. I’ve stuck around ever since, and you’ll often see me behind the cafe or teaching classes!

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Feb 12th

Yogi (Staff) of the Month- Nancy

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How did you find yoga?

Yoga found me during a time of devastating loss. I intentionally sought out yoga as a means of healing and in looking for a studio I found NS. What came next was a transformative yoga practice, a community, a means of not just surviving, but finding beauty, grace and lots of inspiration! I feel like NS has allowed me to grow and become my most authentic and highest version of me… always a work in progress though and never finished!

How long have you practiced?

I had a longtime dabbling practice, but as of 2016 it’s become an integral part of me. I cannot imagine where I would be without it. My mat is my safe, honoring, healing and my favorite place to be!

How long have you worked @ NS?

It all started with my Love Bulb project and Kristin’s willingness to support that by selling them in the cafe. “What’s next” is the question she always asks me! What’s next was the Grief Gathering and Storm ambassadorship in the Community Garden and most recently being part of the Teen Series. I’m actually part of the soon to graduate class of NS “Root to Rise” Teacher Training! The Garden is resting and dormant now but the days are getting longer and as spring comes it will soon be time to grow! Stay tuned as all are welcome to join me in the community yoga garden! So grateful for the opportunities that NS has brought to my life and cannot wait to see what’s next!

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Feb 12th

Ommm Healing Journey’s: Begin- The Dance

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The world was created by the cosmic divine.  To play within and explore. The world was made to experience.  Everything in this world manifested from some beautiful intelligence that wanted to understand its own nature.  And so created a world to experience and learn. It had to learn how to survive in a material world. Becoming the universe, the planets, the rocks, the rivers, and creatures of the water, earth and sky.  A world of elements evolving all the way into feeling beings. Every bit of material in this world is another way the divine gets to experience itself. So when we deny this world our truest expression of self, we deny the divine dancer its chance to learn new steps.  

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Jan 14th

Yogi of the Month: Tara Buchakjian

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How long have you been practicing yoga?
Approximately 12 years

How did yoga find you?
I was introduced to yoga through a fitness training called Powercentering which was a combination of yoga, pilates, and Tai Chi.  I got certified in it and began teaching it at the chiropractic office where I was working at the time.  I really loved it!  I was pregnant and felt like I was in the best shape of my life and this was my primary form of exercise.  A few years later I started doing yoga at a small studio and loved the personal attention.  I had 2 more kids and continued doing yoga but at a gym because of the need for childcare.  I’d been wanting to get back to a small yoga studio and finally took the leap to become a member at nourishing storm.

What is your favorite yoga pose?
I love variation of crow and handstands

What would you say to a student thinking about starting yoga?
Yoga is a wonderful way to nourish the body and mind and the atmosphere of Nourishing Storm is very positive and caring.  I think yoga is of benefit to everyone and can be modified for any fitness level.  I encourage everyone to do yoga!

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Jan 1st

Ommm Healing Journey: Service, Love Unbonded

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I couldn’t quite separate November’s service theme from October’s grace nor from December’s community.  The link with community seems very obvious. But the way between grace and service may not be obvious at all.   But it comes a little clearer when life is viewed as an opportunity to be of service and each day an opportunity to do better.

That is why I referred to them as faith and practice.  I find the experience of grace to be proof of a higher love.  A release of the binding on our hearts that inspires faith. And I wish to be a servant to this unbinding, so I must practice.  There is grace to be found when we act in service to compassion, when we speak in service to kindness, when we work in service to integrity and live in service to truth.   (more…)

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