“It’s easy for me to get stuck in my own patterns and ways, so taking the time to tune in to myself through yoga reminds me that everything is always shifting and that I can let go of whatever is keeping me stuck.”
Tell us about your early roots in your practice of choice
I came to yoga from a super athletic background, but was skeptical that the stillness of yoga would work for me. But with the stress and anxiety I was dealing with in college at the time, I decided to give it a try to achieve some inner peace. I remember being so shy, so tight, and so apprehensive in class, but it got easier with time and I’m now fully invested both in practice and instruction!
What inspires you in your practice?
The practice of drawing attention inward helps me see the bigger picture outside of myself and find inner balance. It’s easy for me to get stuck in my own patterns and ways, so taking the time to tune in to myself through yoga reminds me that everything is always shifting and that I can let go of whatever is keeping me stuck.
What are valuable lessons learned from your training?
I learned how to show up for myself. In my early years practicing yoga, I would constantly walk out of the room when we were practicing a pose that I couldn’t do. One day I realized that this is a sign of how I tend to avoid uncomfortable situations, and I decided to work beyond it. I’m constantly striving to be where I am, to be with myself, and trust the process of growth.
What are some other classes you enjoy at Rise?
I'm looking forward to trying SAUNA SESSIONS and TURF PRX to relax and build strength.
What does social wellness mean to you?
My community has always been built through wellness, whether in high school sports, my yoga practice, or fitness in general. My practice is how I’ve met people and built community throughout my life. At Rise, I see social wellness as the willingness to see others and let others see us on our personal wellness journeys.