I have dabbled in yoga, mostly at home. With growing physical tightness and the stress from years of business ownership it became clear that I needed more than weight lifting or an occasional vacation. I also wanted to add some regular meditation practice but being a physical/busy type I found sitting still challenging if not annoying.The first time I walked into the cafe at Nourishing Storm, I sensed an obvious feeling of community and then taking classes at all levels, whether I spoke to anyone or not, there was a feeling of non competitive and supportive camaraderie. After practicing for months, I feel stretched physically and mentally and I find myself craving a class and especially the stillness of meditation afterwards. I love being part of this community! – Will
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!
I like to compare finding yoga to finding love…. both find you when you are not looking. In my case, yoga found me five months ago. At the time, I did not realize what an impact yoga would have on my life, and how it would shape me into the person I am today.
Prior to joining Nourishing Storm, I practiced yoga through a course at Temple University. During this course, I had the opportunity to learn about the eight limbs of yoga in conjunction with practicing Ashtanga yoga. However, upon the course concluding, I did not continue my practice. I had always been more focused on building/toning muscle through lifting and neglected what was truly right for my body in terms of exercise.
At the end of my sophomore year of college, I decided to stop lifting and try a yoga in an effort to change up my exercise routine. However, I found more than a means of exercising. Yoga has taught me a great deal about what it means to be aware of both your mind and body. In addition, it has allowed me to grow, to challenge myself, and express myself in a new way. Further, my yoga practice has made me more mindful not only of myself but others.
The people at Nourishing Storm have helped me deepen my practice and have supported me on my yoga journey. I have had the opportunity to experiment with meditation and create mantras to keep in mind throughout my day. These mantras have helped me reflect and ask the universe for what I need. I am beyond grateful for finding Nourishing Storm and all the people I have met along my journey. – Natalie
Yoga has helped me to learn to stay still and to slow down.
Its practice has helped me to remember to let go of things and really rest.
Its application has helped me to feel physically and mentally stronger, more balanced as well as increase my flexibility. It has definitely helped w the ease at which my body moves.
Nourishing Storm Studio instructors are willing to offer a helping hand when needed. The times I step onto the mat for class, the experience is different and is continually changing. I love this bc I feel like a student for the first time each and every time. I love this because allows me to be continually challenged and to constantly grow. The encouragement here, from both the instructors and the community of the class environment, is true and good.
It’s regular practice, especially here at the studio, has definitely allowed me to feel willing and open to try something new, and confident that if I fail I have the support. And, it’s really, really fun and when I leave I feel stronger both mental and physically.
I never expected to be Yogi of the month but am sincerely gracious for this honor! I have been practicing yoga for the past 4-5 years and it has become an integral part of my life. My practice has progressed significantly during that time. There are positions that I couldn’t even come close to performing, such as cow, that I can almost manage to get down now! Poses such as a headstand weren’t even a thought when I first began. Now they are a reality. I love to stretch out my hips and wouldn’t be surprised if many of the instructors know that pigeon is my favorite pose! Yoga keeps my mind centered and my muscles limber! The staff at Nourishing Storm are down to earth and fantastic people to be around!