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June 2017 Yogi of the Month

Molly Scott

 

WHEN & WHY DID YOU START PRACTICING YOGA? I started practicing yoga when I was 14 years old at Sehome High School! I loved yoga so much, it always helped me calm down from all the stresses of life. Years later my awesome roommate at WSU was practicing to become an instructor so I tried out her hot yoga studio and I never went back after that! WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR YOGA PRACTICE? Where do I begin? I love feeling at ease from everything going on in my life. I love feeling proud of myself if I nailed a pose I have been practicing to do for a long time and I love feeling strong! I used to be so self-conscious of myself and my body and yoga has taught me how to appreciate my body for what it does for me, which just empowers me to keep going even when the going gets tough. I love that yoga has taught me to have intention in not just yoga but in everything I do every day, like riding my horse or running. Yoga is 100% my happy/peaceful/creative/emotional place. ARE YOU CURRENTLY FACING ANY STRUGGLES OR CHALLENGES WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE? Plow pose and camel pose are by far my most challenging poses! I have a lot of back pain that is slowly getting better through my practice, but for the time being, I have been taking it slow with those types of stretches. Forearm balance is a pose that I want to be better at so that I can do scorpion one day! But for now it’s also very hard for me. FAVORITE POSE? Mermaid pose is my favorite pose as of today! Through my practice I honestly have a new favorite pose every day! Im finding new things and feelings that make me feel better every day. FAVORITE QUOTE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE? “Expectation is the root of all heartache.” – William Shakespeare

WHEN & WHY DID YOU START PRACTICING YOGA?

I started practicing yoga when I was 14 years old at Sehome High School! I loved yoga so much, it always helped me calm down from all the stresses of life. Years later my awesome roommate at WSU was practicing to become an instructor so I tried out her hot yoga studio and I never went back after that!

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR YOGA PRACTICE?

Where do I begin? I love feeling at ease from everything going on in my life. I love feeling proud of myself if I nailed a pose I have been practicing to do for a long time and I love feeling strong! I used to be so self-conscious of myself and my body and yoga has taught me how to appreciate my body for what it does for me, which just empowers me to keep going even when the going gets tough. I love that yoga has taught me to have intention in not just yoga but in everything I do every day, like riding my horse or running. Yoga is 100% my happy/peaceful/creative/emotional place.

ARE YOU CURRENTLY FACING ANY STRUGGLES OR CHALLENGES WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE?

Plow pose and camel pose are by far my most challenging poses! I have a lot of back pain that is slowly getting better through my practice, but for the time being, I have been taking it slow with those types of stretches. Forearm balance is a pose that I want to be better at so that I can do scorpion one day! But for now it’s also very hard for me.

FAVORITE POSE?

Mermaid pose is my favorite pose as of today! Through my practice I honestly have a new favorite pose every day! Im finding new things and feelings that make me feel better every day.

FAVORITE QUOTE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE?

“Expectation is the root of all heartache.”

– William Shakespeare

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May 2017 Yogi of the Month

Cathi Hepker

   

 

 

WHEN & WHY DID YOU START PRACTICING YOGA?

I was introduced to yoga at the age of 16. My dear brother had died a year earlier and I was struggling with the immense loss. My dad was a chiropractor in a small town in Iowa and one of his patients was a trained Iyengar instructor from Australia. She traded adjustments for teachings in my basement (the local churches boycotted the gym where she initially tried to offer classes). Needless to say, I benefited tremendously from the physical and spiritual practice of yoga. It has been an integral part of my journey since. 

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR YOGA PRACTICE?

I love that it is a time when I can be in the moment and unaware of time. I have never thought "when will this be over" . . . I have truly had a deep respect and connection to the moments that unfold during my practice. I also appreciate that it is both physical and spiritual. The physical part appeals to my need for movement and sense of strength. The spiritual part appeals to my need for reflection and introspection (as well as suspension of thought). It has also evolved over the years and I have learned to be humble and patient with myself when injuries restrict my mobility.

ARE YOU CURRENTLY FACING ANY STRUGGLES OR CHALLENGES WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE?

Yes! Headstands and handstands and plow pose. In the first two, I am afraid of falling and plow pose has been challenging since experiencing a low back injury. 

FAVORITE POSE?

Currently it is tree pose. 

FAVORITE QUOTE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE?

"Comparison is the thief of joy". -Theodore Roosevelt

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April 2017 Yogi of the Month

KATIE CORSACK

 

WHEN & WHY DID YOU START:

My first yoga class was in Maple Valley in the fall of 2011. I was going through a rough time in my family life, and also had just gone back to work 3 months after having my third child.  Hot yoga studios were popping up left and right, but I wasn't sure if it was for me. I was always more of an individual workout person up until that point. I had never been a member of a gym, and preferred jogging outside and lap swimming in lakes and pools. I wanted to open myself up to some soul searching, and went to my first yoga class hoping to find some peace and acceptance of myself. What I found was exactly what I was hoping for, and more. I had never been pushed in my workouts before, that was a great thing for me. There was no going back!

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE:

I love that yoga is always there for me. What I've learned is that no matter how tired I am, I will never regret going to class, but I will always regret NOT going! Yoga cleanses me physically and mentally: I love to sweat it out on the mat. I love being in class, closing my eyes, and feeling the energy and encouraging thoughts of those around me. 5 years ago, I wouldn't have been so open to that. When you open yourself up, it's amazing what comes back to you. Also, about 2 years ago I lost one of my closest friends to cancer, Elements was a sanctuary for me leading up to and after that time.

ARE YOU CURRENTLY FACING ANY CHALLENGES WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE?

There are always struggles. Mainly I have been trying to get my lower ab strength up. After all these years, I still can't master simple things like low boat, and holding plank for long periods of time without dropping to my knees. I try to remind myself about the times I suddenly made a breakthrough, like in side crow, or a strong half moon without assistance from the ground, or bird of paradise.  Breakthroughs sometimes happen out of nowhere, which is certainly encouraging!  I hope to be able to be strong in a handstand someday. And I'm getting soooo close to being able to do the splits.

FAVORITE POSE:

Any chest openers since I word at a computer all day. Headstands are a favorite because they feel almost effortless. Whereas side crow I love because they take effort, but it feels so good once you get into it!  

 FAVORITE QUOTE:

Here are a few:
Be kind. - Anonymous
You gotta stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.  -Elizabeth Gilbert
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man, true mobility is being superior to your former self.  -Ernest Hemingway
The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. - Sylvia Plath
Let that shit go. - Anonymous

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March 2017 Yogi of the Month

ADRIAN DIEL

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WHEN & WHY DID YOU START:

I started four months ago when some friends from work convinced me to come along and give it a try. After the first class, I was hooked.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE:

I like that practicing yoga draws me inward and makes me forget everything else going on in my life at the moment, whether I've had a great day, or a terrible one, the practice is always there for me. There is a wonderful sense of peace in working hard and concentrating on just one thing.

ARE YOU CURRENTLY FACING ANY CHALLENGES WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE?

It's always a challenge to find where my 'edge' is in any pose, especially the more complex ones. It can be hard to tell when I'm working hard in the pose correctly, or when the pose is hard because I'm not doing it right. Finding that balance in my body is part of the fun, and also the biggest challenge.

FAVORITE POSE:

I love and hate dolphin pose. I've had a few classes when I could feel my weight shift gracefully toward an inversion, an many more when I felt like a pile of rocks. Getting upside-down is one of my goals, so it's nice to work in dolphin and get a little closer to that.

 FAVORITE QUOTE:

"You get out of it what you put in"

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February 2017 Yogi of the Month

KIM STANISH

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WHEN & WHY DID YOU START:

I started practicing in July 2013. A friend took me to a heated power vinyasa class on a whim, and I was hooked! I was in a dark place emotionally and mentally then, and yoga gave me a chance to catch my breath and declutter my mind.  It couldn’t have come into my life at a better time.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE:

I love playing with the balance of effort and ease in my practice and seeing what new variations and transitions I can challenge myself with. I also love the energy it provides – not only to my physical body and mental/emotional state, but also the energy I can give to others through my practice, just through intention.

ARE YOU CURRENTLY FACING ANY CHALLENGES WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE?

Generally, I’m working on strengthening and lengthening in poses and arm balances. Specifically, I’m focused on increasing strength and flexibility in my lower and mid-back – that’s probably the one place that isn’t as open in my body. I’m always working on being present and focusing on the now (both on and off my mat).

FAVORITE POSE:

I’m really enjoying supported headstand. It’s fun working on leg variations and challenging my core! I also enjoy half moon and dancer.

 FAVORITE QUOTE:

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. – John W. Gardner

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Sorry! Class is full.....

Words no yogi ever wants to hear!

Whew. This first week of 2017 has been INSANE! The studio is extra lively and classes are packed full! While we do love seeing this level of motivation and excitement, and we are thrilled that so many of you are getting on the mat, we can only accommodate so many people per class. Nothing saddens us more than having to turn people away because we are at max capacity. Pre-registering for your class is the best way to guarantee your spot. Our 4:30pm and 6:00pm classes seem to be the most popular, so if you have the flexibility to attend at another time, there is a better chance of getting in with no hassle.

Here are some tips for making sure you get in to take class this season:

  1. Use the email you provided at your first visit to get signed up on the MINDBODY website. You can access it from a computer or through the MINDBODY app on your phone. 
  2. Once you have linked to your Elements profile within the MINDBODY portal, you can start pre-registering for classes. *Note that you must have an active membership or purchase classes online in order to pre-register. 
  3. By pre-registering, you are reserving your spot in the class. When you arrive, you must still check-in at the desk by either signing in manually or scanning your elements card. We will hold your spot until 2 minutes before class is scheduled to start. If you are not checked in by that time, we will give your spot away to those on the waiting list. The door will be locked and class will start promptly on time.
  4. If you are pre-registered and do not show up to take class, you will not be charged or penalized. 
  5. If the class is already full, and you try to pre-register, you will automatically be added to the waitlist. You may also fb message or call, to be added to the list. 
  6. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND pre-registering for all evening and weekend classes!! Especially for the next couple months, Please take this extra step to ensure that you are not missing out! 

Additionally, we are thinking about adding a couple classes in order to alleviate the chaos on Sunday and Friday evenings... Our considerations include:

  • Adding a 60 minute Yin class on Sunday evenings at 6:30pm
  • Adding a 60 minute Power Vinyasa on Friday evenings at 6:30pm

Let us know what you think in the comments below! As always your feedback is greatly appreciated. Together we can to make EHY the best yoga studio possible! 

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January 2017 Yogi of the Month

Denice Burns

                 

                 

WHEN & WHY DID YOU START:

In the Spring of 2014, my body decided enough was enough.  Years of intense workouts coupled with long days spent sitting at a computer had taken their toll:  tight hamstrings, shortened iliopsoas, stiff cervical and thoracic spine, and chronic headaches.  After a bit of research into yoga and trial-and-error, I was drawn to Elements Hot Yoga and have been hooked from day one.  

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE:

What initially attracted me to yoga was simply how this ancient practice had endured over time and place.  What did yoga provide to people across generations and all walks of life?  For me, yoga reunites body and mind; yoga stops the clammer and chatter that occupies the mind and filters out external noises.  Along with an increased awareness and appreciation for the physical body, yoga peels back the layers of the inner person and reveals deeper facets just yearning to be let out and recognized.  Yoga has allowed me to reestablish boundaries, redefine how I want to live life and stay in tune with what is truly important.    

Yoga has provided the means of dealing with life outside the studio:  in facing yourself within the confines of the mat, you gain the ability to let things go, embrace gratitude and see things from a more realistic, balanced perspective.  In yoga and in life, some days are met with balance and grace where other days, it's everything to simply hold Child's Pose.  Shit happens. Shine as bright as you can in this moment because this moment is all there is.  Yoga has given me the courage to laugh at myself.  Yoga has taught me how to listen to my body and recognize when stories are holding me back from being in the moment. 

I absolutely love the instructors as well as the fellow yogis.  I benefit from and appreciate the teaching style of each instructor: from refining technique and improving endurance to letting go of life's nagging distractions so one's inner light can shine and be felt. Fellow yogis are supportive and encouraging; there is no judgment or competition, only a sense of togetherness and a sharing of energy during this precious time carved from our hectic schedules. I cannot express my gratitude for the space provided at Elements Hot Yoga.  

ARE YOU CURRENTLY FACING ANY CHALLENGES WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE?

I am currently challenged with tight/short iliopsoas (hip flexors) which has an impact on various poses. Rather than charging ahead and forcing a pose that aggravates the issue, I have had to remind myself to back off and modify particular poses in order to build a stronger base to grow from.

FAVORITE POSE:

 Currently my favorite pose is side crow. Simply put, side crow is fun and makes me feel like a carefree 5-year-old kid. 

 FAVORITE QUOTE:

"Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering;  There is a crack in everything, that is how the light gets in"  - Leonard Cohen

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