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Junior Kennedy

FLIGHT STUDIO — FLIGHT

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“Every race can be broken down to three basic elements: the start, the journey, and the power to reach the finish … Every day, I make a mental affirmation to start strong, to put in my best effort, and to be proud of how I finish, no matter what the outcome.”

Tell us about your early roots in your practice of choice.

Growing up in the Caribbean, there was always a strong emphasis around extracurricular activities as a way to promote work/play balance; my hobby of choice was always running. I have vivid memories of my friends and I racing down the streets, barefoot and carefree, and I was always the fastest kid on the block! This is where my love for track began and grew, until being an athlete became a true lifestyle for me.

What inspires you in your practice?

Every race can be broken down to three basic elements: the start, the journey, and the power to reach the finish. This concept inspires me to achieve my best results in daily life. Every day, I make a mental affirmation to start strong, to put in my best effort, and to be proud of the outcome, no matter how I finish.

What are valuable lessons learned from your training?

The most valuable lesson I’ve learned is to never count myself out! Two months before nationals, I had injured my ankle badly and thought I wouldn’t qualify to compete. My coach pushed me to not count myself out and reminded me that I may be stronger than I give myself credit for. With his encouragement and recovery coaching, I eventually healed enough to make it to nationals. I may not have won, but the experience taught me that my strength can never be compromised by something physical, because my strength is who I am.

What are some other classes you enjoy at Rise?

RECOVER RX with Yoga Dan

What does social wellness mean to you?

Social wellness makes practicing wellness a heightened experience for everyone, through the positive energy of connection that it’s built on. I always try to bring my passion and my smile to my classes, because I know how powerful and long-lasting the effects of that energy can be, especially in a setting like Rise where people are here to focus on their wellbeing.