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January 2018 Yogi of the Month

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KJERSTIN LIE

1. When & Why did you start practicing yoga?

 

 I started practicing yoga in 2013. I started off at a class on Westerns campus, which was an interesting experience, but did lead me to believe that there were other styles and options for classes. So I bopped around to a few classes, few studios and found a little home away from home at Elements! I initially started yoga to help combat some pretty serious anxiety, and yoga allowed me to get off of medication for good! Go good mental health!

 

2. What do you love most about your yoga practice?

Oh geez, I think my answer for this changes a lot but right now, I'm just trying to appreciate what my body can do and handle and that's the lovely part about anyone's practice. I love thinking internally and challenging myself. Even if that challenge is to just slow down, breathe more and relax. 

 

3. Are you currently facing any struggles or challenges within your practice?

HA! Yes, always. I have recently been confirmed as "hypermobile", meaning I can basically extend beyond the "normal" persons abilities. So I have this really fun ability to impress people with my flexibility, but in reality it just means I'm constantly fighting injuries. I have some shoulder problems, some ankles weakness and my wrists get really tight. This is something I am combating pretty regularly. Some days I feel awesome, and others I just feel terrible, I'm working on not beating myself up about the bad days. 

 

4. Favorite pose?

This is another ever changing answer for me, but right now I've really been enjoying camel.  I really like back bends. 

 

 

5. Favorite quote you would like to share?

I don't have a quote to share, but I would like to say a quick "peace out" to anyone who may read this! Thanks to the entire rad and wonderfully supportive staff and student base at Elements! Especially Sara and Lyndz. You two have been a staple in my daily life for a few years and I appreciate all of your help and love since joining the studio. i am going to miss (probably the most of anything, after moving) seeing the regular students and being at the studio almost every day. I'll be back to visit though, (probably more than necessary) and I hope a lot of you keep in touch with me! (find me on Facebook or Instagram). Thanks again, you guys are the best. 

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December 2017 Yogi of the Month

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December 2017 Yogi of the Month

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ALISA ERICKSON

1. When & Why did you start practicing yoga?
I started yoga in January after someone told me about Elements Hot Yoga and how awesome it was. I immediately loved it. The instructors brought their own unique style to each class, and getting to choose between three types of yoga mixes up my routine at times. Power Yoga quickly became my favorite. It was challenging in a different way than my other workouts and a good complement to them. 
2. What do you love most about your yoga practice?
I love how yoga makes me feel- calm, strong, and motivated. The positivity in the studio, the heat and quietness in the room makes me feel relaxed and content. It’s the best feeling to be able to do a pose better than the time before and notice my progress from month to month.
3. Are you currently facing any struggles or challenges within your practice?
Flexibility has always been a challenge for me. It’s definitely improved since the first day of yoga but there’s still a long way to go. Mainly I want to feel less tight, which probably means I should go to Yin Yoga more often. :) Instructors encourage patience and not being hard on yourself so that’s what I focus on when I feel challenged in stretching and certain yoga poses. 
4. Favorite pose?
Wild Thing. The combination of strength, stretching and opening my chest and hips is energizing and refreshing.
5. Favorite quote you would like to share?
“Strive for Progress, not Perfection.”  ~Author Unknown

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November 2017 Yogi of the Month

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November 2017 Yogi of the Month

Cheryl Souza

 

WHEN & WHY DID YOU START PRACTICING YOGA? 2000.  I had two young children, was going through a divorce, and someone I knew suggested I might like it.  I fell in love about halfway through the first class. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR YOGA PRACTICE? That it’s a practice.  By the time I found yoga, I’d given up the idea of perfection, but I still believed in aiming for it.  Yoga broke me of that.  Every day I bring a different self to the mat and no matter how well or poorly I’m doing asana, it’s exactly right. ARE YOU CURRENTLY FACING ANY STRUGGLES OR CHALLENGES WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE? Oh, sure.  I’m over 60, my balance is crap, I’ve torn one rotator cuff three times, and I suddenly have much tighter hips than I’m used to. FAVORITE POSE? It depends on your definition of “favorite.”  Frog pose is the one in which I feel most comfortable, but the one I’m trying hardest to master (I often panic in it) is Camel FAVORITE QUOTE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE? “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”  - Winston Churchill

WHEN & WHY DID YOU START PRACTICING YOGA?

2000.  I had two young children, was going through a divorce, and someone I knew suggested I might like it.  I fell in love about halfway through the first class.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR YOGA PRACTICE?

That it’s a practice.  By the time I found yoga, I’d given up the idea of perfection, but I still believed in aiming for it.  Yoga broke me of that.  Every day I bring a different self to the mat and no matter how well or poorly I’m doing asana, it’s exactly right.

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

Oh, sure.  I’m over 60, my balance is crap, I’ve torn one rotator cuff three times, and I suddenly have much tighter hips than I’m used to.

FAVORITE POSE?

It depends on your definition of “favorite.”  Frog pose is the one in which I feel most comfortable, but the one I’m trying hardest to master (I often panic in it) is Camel

FAVORITE QUOTE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE?

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”  - Winston Churchill

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October 2017 Yogi of the Month

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October 2017 Yogi of the Month

JOHN DUDLEY

 

WHEN & WHY DID YOU START PRACTICING YOGA? My yoga journey started when a studio opened up in Blaine a few years ago. I was looking for a change of pace from lifting weights to help me get in better shape.I started going a couple times a week and that led to a daily practice. I lost 80 lbs during the time the studio was open and gained a greater appreciation of myself. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR YOGA PRACTICE? As I dabbled in other activities to keep myself active I always knew I would find a place to continue my practice and I have found that place at Elements! What I love most about my practice is the work, precision and breath that goes into making ever movement flow together like a dance. ARE YOU CURRENTLY FACING ANY STRUGGLES OR CHALLENGES WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE? My current struggle is my flexibility, but it will continue to come along as I spend more time on my mat. FAVORITE POSE? My favorite pose is feathered peacock pose. FAVORITE QUOTE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE? My favorite quote is "Win the day" - Nick Saban Alabama Football Coach.  

WHEN & WHY DID YOU START PRACTICING YOGA?

My yoga journey started when a studio opened up in Blaine a few years ago. I was looking for a change of pace from lifting weights to help me get in better shape.I started going a couple times a week and that led to a daily practice. I lost 80 lbs during the time the studio was open and gained a greater appreciation of myself.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR YOGA PRACTICE?

As I dabbled in other activities to keep myself active I always knew I would find a place to continue my practice and I have found that place at Elements! What I love most about my practice is the work, precision and breath that goes into making ever movement flow together like a dance.

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

My current struggle is my flexibility, but it will continue to come along as I spend more time on my mat.

FAVORITE POSE?

My favorite pose is feathered peacock pose.

FAVORITE QUOTE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE?

My favorite quote is "Win the day" - Nick Saban Alabama Football Coach.
 

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September 2017 Yogi of the Month

Meredith Stevens

 

WHEN & WHY DID YOU START PRACTICING YOGA? My yoga practice began over 5 years ago in 2012. I had always wanted to try it out, but was intimidated. I went through a really difficult breakup and time of transition, and just decided to put myself out there and try one class. I have been dedicated ever since. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR YOGA PRACTICE? Yoga has opened up my mind and spirit in so many ways. It always grounds me, helps me gain clarity and lightness in being. For this reason, there has never been a class I have regretted taking! ARE YOU CURRENTLY FACING ANY STRUGGLES OR CHALLENGES WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE? I sometimes struggle with fear of the unknown. For this reason certain inversions intimidate me. FAVORITE POSE? Very difficult to chose just one, but I do love tree pose for so many reasons. For me tree pose is an extension of a sitting meditation while also encompassing the idea of rooting down into the earth to rise up in being. I also love the endless balance challenges of this pose, you can take it so many places depending on your state on any given day. FAVORITE QUOTE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE? I don't necessarily have a favorite quote, but this resonates with me today: "Transformation is an endless process to be lived. It cannot be captured or possessed; you can only participate in it."-Baron Baptists

WHEN & WHY DID YOU START PRACTICING YOGA?

My yoga practice began over 5 years ago in 2012. I had always wanted to try it out, but was intimidated. I went through a really difficult breakup and time of transition, and just decided to put myself out there and try one class. I have been dedicated ever since.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR YOGA PRACTICE?

Yoga has opened up my mind and spirit in so many ways. It always grounds me, helps me gain clarity and lightness in being. For this reason, there has never been a class I have regretted taking!

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

I sometimes struggle with fear of the unknown. For this reason certain inversions intimidate me.

FAVORITE POSE?

Very difficult to chose just one, but I do love tree pose for so many reasons. For me tree pose is an extension of a sitting meditation while also encompassing the idea of rooting down into the earth to rise up in being. I also love the endless balance challenges of this pose, you can take it so many places depending on your state on any given day.

FAVORITE QUOTE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE?

I don't necessarily have a favorite quote, but this resonates with me today:

"Transformation is an endless process to be lived. It cannot be captured or possessed; you can only participate in it."-Baron Baptists

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August 2017 Yogi of the Month

Dan Bosman

 

WHEN & WHY DID YOU START PRACTICING YOGA? Started about 1 year ago but really didn't start to practice consistently until about 3 months ago.  I was going through some pretty significant changes in my life and needed something different in my workouts that would help with the mental stress. Additionally and just as important, I wanted something I could continue to do as I get older and would help with the flexibility.  WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR YOGA PRACTICE? It is constantly evolving. As I practice more often I get stronger, more balanced, and more flexible which allows me to push myself into areas that were inaccessible before.  ARE YOU CURRENTLY FACING ANY STRUGGLES OR CHALLENGES WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE? Flexibility and the inverted poses. FAVORITE POSE? Warrior 1 FAVORITE QUOTE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE? The Four Agreements 1. Be impeccable with your word. 2. Don’t take anything personally. 3. Don’t make assumptions. 4. Always do your best. ”  ― Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

WHEN & WHY DID YOU START PRACTICING YOGA?

Started about 1 year ago but really didn't start to practice consistently until about 3 months ago.  I was going through some pretty significant changes in my life and needed something different in my workouts that would help with the mental stress. Additionally and just as important, I wanted something I could continue to do as I get older and would help with the flexibility. 

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR YOGA PRACTICE?

It is constantly evolving. As I practice more often I get stronger, more balanced, and more flexible which allows me to push myself into areas that were inaccessible before. 

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

Flexibility and the inverted poses.

FAVORITE POSE?

Warrior 1

FAVORITE QUOTE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE?

The Four Agreements
1. Be impeccable with your word.
2. Don’t take anything personally.
3. Don’t make assumptions.
4. Always do your best. ” 
― Miguel RuizThe Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

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July 2017 Yogi of the Month

Karen Evans

 

WHEN & WHY DID YOU START PRACTICING YOGA? I began practicing yoga at the same studio you are in now, before Sara bought it from Karen- about 2011.  I began because I needed something to balance the running I was doing and to try something novel. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR YOGA PRACTICE? I love the opportunity to meld physical fitness with listening.  I also love when the flow moves at a speed that it is like a dance, and turns into play. ARE YOU CURRENTLY FACING ANY STRUGGLES OR CHALLENGES WITHIN YOUR PRACTICE? I am finding it hard to find time to come to class.  I miss the days when I could come to a Tuesday/Thursday morning class and just surrender the time.   FAVORITE POSE? I love a lot of poses but perhaps my favorite is "humble warrior".  It embodies many things I aim at in giving my life for God. FAVORITE QUOTE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE? "Wash the plate not because it is dirty, not because someone told you to wash it, but because you love the person who will use it next."   Mother Teresa

WHEN & WHY DID YOU START PRACTICING YOGA?

I began practicing yoga at the same studio you are in now, before Sara bought it from Karen- about 2011.  I began because I needed something to balance the running I was doing and to try something novel.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR YOGA PRACTICE?

I love the opportunity to meld physical fitness with listening.  I also love when the flow moves at a speed that it is like a dance, and turns into play.

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

I am finding it hard to find time to come to class.  I miss the days when I could come to a Tuesday/Thursday morning class and just surrender the time.  

FAVORITE POSE?

I love a lot of poses but perhaps my favorite is "humble warrior".  It embodies many things I aim at in giving my life for God.

FAVORITE QUOTE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE?

"Wash the plate not because it is dirty, not because someone told you to wash it, but because you love the person who will use it next."   Mother Teresa

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