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 😉.