Tell us about yourself.
I retired about 7 years ago and I absolutely love retired life! My husband retired a year ago, so we packed up and moved to Youngsville to be closer to our daughters. We have a 4-year-old grandson and a 20-month-old granddaughter and they are my hobbies!
Tell us about your yoga journey.
I started yoga 6 years ago. I used to run and bike (still do some). My typical weekly schedule was running and/or biking during the week with a long run or bike ride on Saturday. Each Saturday I would come home, pop some Ibuprofen to alleviate the pain from my workout. My goal was to try to go hard and burn calories, but I grew tired of hurting afterwards. I wanted to try something different, so I settled on yoga and fell in love with it. The main thing I love about yoga is that it can truly be what you want it to be. I can do Power Yoga and still burn those calories. But the most important thing yoga has taught me is to listen to my body and to know when to slow down. There are days when I know I need Slow Flow, a Hatha class or Restorative.
Describe your teaching style.
I love mixing things up. I like adding a little Pilates, weights, resistance bands, anything to try to be a little more creative and fun.
Any advice or words of wisdom to someone just starting their yoga journey (or already on it)?
Just start! I once read a quote that said, “How to get a yoga body – Have a body – Do yoga!” It’s so true, yoga is accessible to anyone and everyone. The list could go on and on as to the advantages of yoga. We all have different goals, but I feel sure that whatever goal you have, yoga can either get you there or enhance your journey there.
Favorite pose and why.
Any balancing pose. If I have to pick a favorite, it would probably be Crow Pose. I’m very goal-oriented so I love picking a pose and working toward it. It’s an amazing feeling to work toward something and then nail it. Crow Pose was the first balancing pose I achieved so it holds a special place.
“Sometimes it’s more about the journey than the destination” – Jamal Crawford