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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