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May 15th

NS Yogi Student Of The Month- Michelle Raquet

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First of all, I just want to say that I am extremely honored & absolutely surprised that I was chosen to be Yogi of the month by such a great group of humans!

 

How long have you been practicing yoga?

To be honest, off and on for many years but I was never really steady or very skilled in it until about a year or so ago (but still not exactly skilled – I just know a little more now. I have lots more to learn!). I really only used to use yoga as an additional means of exercise rather than for the benefits it really provided for the body and mind.

 

How did you find yoga?

So I tried to find something deep and exciting for you guys to read about me  here but couldn’t find anything profound LOL. The reason I love yoga so much is really pretty simple, yoga helps me with anxiety, stress and pain!

Like many people, I have alot of stress and anxiety, as well as sometimes having the tendency to be a little high strung.

About a year ago, I felt like I was struggling even more between the stresses at work, at home, and with worrying about family and friends. I started doing yoga and meditation at Nourishing Storm and it just clicked. I found it helped with some of these feelings the more I did it. It also allowed me to make time for just me, to get out of my head, and to do something that makes me feel good and helps slow my mind down some. I feel yoga makes me a better person because it makes me feel happy, calm, and helps with some of my aches and pains too!

 

What is your favorite yoga pose?

I like many, but right now I think it’s downward-facing dog. For the longest time I had difficulty with pain in my wrists and hands when doing it. Once I learned how to adjust my shoulders the correct way it was much better. Now it’s one of my resting poses.

 

What would you say to a student thinking about starting yoga?

I’d tell them it would be the best thing they could ever do for their mind and body. It will make them happier, healthier, and more flexible. Best if all it will help immensely with stress relief. However, they may love it so much that they will become addicted 😉.

 

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Apr 24th

NS Yogi Of The Month- Sarah Holesworth

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How long have you been practicing yoga? I attended yoga classes at different studios and did some in-home practicing off and on for the past 5 years but have been consistently practicing for a year.
How did yoga find you? I was searching for a way to try and heal emotionally and physically from an infertility diagnosis and couldn’t find anything that seemed to make a difference. I decided to try Mindy’s Yoga Calm class one morning and it was really the first step in a life changing journey for me.
 
What is your favorite yoga pose? I love tree. When I saw it done, I thought it would be effortless but it challenges me every time. I also think there is something very beautiful about humble warrior.
 
What would you say to a student thinking about starting yoga? What are you waiting for?!? When I leave a class at Nourishing Storm, I feel physically strong but mentally full of peace. I am so much more attuned to the simple beauties of the world. I wish I could bottle that feeling and share it with everyone.
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Feb 28th

Yogi of the Month – Meet Will!

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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

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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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Oct 19th

Yoga is Love

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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

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