Students of the Month: May 2020
We are excited to announce Mary F. as our Student of the Month and want to recognize her for her dedication to her practice and what she brings to our WYC community! We are so glad to have you and to have helped you along your journey with yoga <3
To help you all get to know her better, she answered some questions for us…..
1. Tell me about your experience with yoga: how it began, where it has taken you, and how yoga has impacted your life.
My older sister, Nancy, was the start of it all. She kept telling me “yin” would be great for my back. And then I kept driving by WYC, so I just turned in one day. So in June of 2018 I started my yoga journey. I started with beginner yoga with Sara and I knew immediately that this was for me. In the beginning, it was all about the poses for me. After my sister passed in September of that year I realized it was more than the poses. It was during a hot stone class (in the little room), during Savasana, that I truly felt her presence. I physically felt a pressure across my right palm.
Yoga has taken me on a journey of discovering myself and allowing myself to be more open. My husband and good friends have noticed I’m more relaxed and walking taller. Along this journey I discovered some toxic elements in my life and knew I had to let go–I was able to and it’s made a difference. This journey has taught me to be more open and allow the energy to come in and to flow through me. And, it has connected me to fellow yogis.
2. What are your favorite styles / classes?
Just about everytime I leave a class I want to say that’s my favorite!! I do prefer restorative/yin classes because that’s what my body likes. But, I step out of my comfort zone and do slow flow and I love that, too.
3. What’s your favorite pose and why?
Alright, if I have to be honest, I have come to like pigeon!! Yes, I said “pigeon”. After all the moaning and groaning, I’m finally able to do it and my body has told me it needs it.
4. What do you do when you’re not practicing yoga?
Sometimes I’m just a “slug” and enjoy doing nothing. I also procrastinate a lot, but eventually get around to tackling things. I enjoy taking rides with my husband, enjoying time and wine with friends and spending time with my cat, Mr. Mouth.
5. Tell me something funny or unexpected about you.
I’m a retired Air Force officer; was a middle school substitute teacher for 13 years; and, I was the treasurer of a 300 person Gold Wing motorcycle club.