August Student of the Month: Randee Goodstadt

For August we have chosen Randee Goodstadt as our Student of the Month! Randee is the type of student that when she steps through the door, we can’t predict which class she’s going to go to because she fearlessly tries them all! She is willing to explore different styles and teachers with a smile on her face and a great attitude. Thank you for brightening the studio with your presence, Randee!

Almost exactly ten years ago, in the summer of 2007, I was diagnosed with some bad problems with my neck (herniated disks, spinal stenosis) and advised to have surgery.

I said to myself, “Well, maybe I will have surgery sometime, but for now I’m going to get serious about yoga.”

At that time, I was already taking a class or two weekly, and I stepped that up to several classes every week on an ongoing basis! I’ve been doing that ever since. I know I might have to go the medical route someday, but for the time being, I’m grateful for the healing and inspiration yoga provides.

Part of what keeps me going is that yoga just makes my body feel good! I’ll be 66 years old this fall, and I’m stronger and more fit than when I was younger. I like the thought of going into older age with that great asset. (I couldn’t even do one plank when I first started taking occasional classes, about 20 years ago.)

I was grateful when ACY opened because it’s a pretty big financial commitment to take 4-5 classes every week. Asheville Community Yoga gave me the opportunity to maintain my practice without breaking the bank. Plus, ACY has such wonderful teachers who have kept me inspired.

I love to start the day with yoga, so you’ll often see me at 8 a.m. classes before I head to work as the Social Sciences department chair at A-B Tech. I also study tai chi and chi gong at ACY. I hope to help as a volunteer when I retire from the college Jan. 1! I look forward to giving back to the place that has given me so much.

Randee – Thank you so much for sharing your inspirational story and congratulations on your retirement! We look forward to seeing you around the studio even more.