May Teacher of the Month: Becca Odom

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Meet our Teacher of the Month, Becca Odom! When asked to describe herself in three words, Becca said “honest, compassionate, and nurturing.” These are qualities that make Becca a great yoga teacher, a lovely human being and an all-around joy to have with us!

Here’s what Becca has to say about her practice, and her life outside the studio:

“When I was in college at the University of Arkansas, I attended a yoga class I attended on campus. I left the class and I truly could not believe how peaceful and high I felt from just one yoga practice. It made me curious to learn more about this natural way to heal and feel better within our bodies.That’s what got me hooked. What keeps me practicing is the difference I feel on days that I do not practice. Even when its early, I know I will feel more awake and alive if I take those extra 30 to 45 minutes to practice in the morning versus sleeping in. (Although I do love to sleep in sometimes too…)

Hands down, my favorite pose is Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclining Bound Angle). I have been practicing this pose on a daily basis for over two years now. It was the first restorative yoga posture I really connected with, and it actually got me interested in specializing in restorative and therapeutic yoga because of its many benefits. I love deeply restorative sequences and enjoy using blankets, sandbags, eye pillows, etc. to make my practice more nourishing and grounding. Softening, listening, and finding acceptance are the themes that run through my practice.

I practice almost every morning before sunrise. I light a candle, practice in my yoga/sunroom and I get to watch the day begin and I am able to be in an intentional mindset during that ‘blue time’ of the day…I appreciate mindfully witnessing this transition from night to day.

Yoga has changed my life in every conceivable way! I have been practicing yoga for 10 years now and after completing my yoga training in 2012, I have practiced an average of five to six days a week. It has become an integrated part of my life. I don’t just practice yoga on my mat… I try to live my yoga each and every day, with every interaction that I have.  And I try to not beat myself up when I am not able to do this as well. My personal mantra is, ‘authenticity, not perfection.’

am a Social Worker and I do Equine Assisted Psychotherapy as well as teach yoga. I am very passionate about the work and service that I do in this community. I love giving back to others and am part of two local nonprofits offering therapeutic services to at-risk youth and veterans. I love collaborating with people and joining forces for the greater good of all.”

Becca, you are a wonderful asset to this studio. You rock, and we are so grateful to have you! Thank you for all that you are, and all that you do to serve our community!!!