November Student of the Month: Jared Hamilton

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Jared Hamilton is a recent addition to our community, but dove in deep immediately. For the past several months, he has shown up big. He is dedicated to his practice, willing to try new things, and incredibly generous with his time and skills. In addition to hanging flyers and helping with studio chores, Jared was responsible for building the fire pit and keeping the fire alive at our 24-hour Yogathon fundraiser back in August. This is a guy who shows up big, and we are so grateful to have him around!

Jared has to say about himself and his life in yoga:

 

 What was the experience with yoga that got you hooked?
My first yoga experience was a class at Asheville Community Yoga, and it happened when I was really looking for something to guide me. I took a slower, therapeutic class with Margaret, and I remember after savasana that I felt incredible. It was a spiritual and physical experience all rolled into one, and I was hooked.

What inspires you to continue yoga?
I continue my practice every day, as much as possible, so that I may be more mindful as well as healthier in every day life.

What is your favorite pose?
I love difficult poses like Half Moon and I enjoy pushing myself. Though Mountain Pose and Tree Pose are also dear to me.

What is your most challenging pose?
Right now, supported headstands. So difficult!

What is your favorite time/place to practice?
I love to practice in the morning and early afternoons. If not at Asheville Community Yoga, then outside in the sun!

How has yoga changed your life?
When I started practicing yoga, I struggled with drugs and cigarette addiction, as well as extreme anxiety. Since I started practicing, I have been severely cutting back on my nicotine intake, my anxiety has eased, and I haven’t done LSD, Cocaine, or MDMA, which I used to do on a somewhat weekly basis.

What are three words you would use to describe yourself?
Outgoing, cynical, genuine.

Is there a recurring theme that runs through your yoga practice?
Definitely my search for inner peace, as well as determination to grow.

If you could just share one practice that has helped you the most, what would it be?
Take the time to meditate. Slow down, don’t let the future get you too worked up, or let the past creep up on you. Remember to live in the moment and enjoy every bit of it, even when its incredibly difficult to do so.

What is your current or all-time favorite song or artist for a yoga playlist?
My yoga playlist is weird! I love chants and mantras, but ill also put on some dub reggae, or Neil Young, or even the Grateful Dead. Just depends on my mood and my practice!

Do you have a passion other than yoga youd like to share about?<
That would be music. Or climbing rocks. Or writing. I just love to be alive, and out in nature. Being surrounded by great people is nice too, and I’m blessed in the fact that I can find the good and get along with nearly anybody. I generally spend my along time playing a guitar or reading a book. Experience is life though, and I love to try new things every single day!

Jared, you are awesome! Thank you so much for choosing to practice at Asheville Community Yoga. It’s an honor and pleasure to have you along with us on this wild and beautiful ride!