April Student of the Month: Cyndy Douglas

unnamed-2Cyndy is a wonderfully personable lady who fills the lobby with warmth and love each time she walks in our doors to practice. Most recently she has been supporting us through our expansion project by bringing lunches for our volunteers. Yum! To learn more about Cyndy read on…

What was the experience with yoga that got you hooked?
I’ve got to say it was that “ahhhh, I’m so relaxed” feeling after my very first practice with Wendy.

What inspires you to continue yoga?
It is the centered serenity I feel each time. I swear I leave each practice an inch taller than when I went in.

What is your favorite pose?
My favorite is probably what some of us seniors call “pup tent.” That’s the one where you recline on your back, bend your knees, put your feet at the outside edges of the mat, then plop your knees together. Oh, feels so good for my hips!

What is your most challenging pose?
This is an easy one: Down Dog! Good for the backs of my legs, but far from relaxing!

What is your favorite time/place to practice?
I enjoy the morning best, and always at ACY. 😉 I’m just not motivated enough to practice on my own — not yet, anyway.

How has yoga changed your life?
Not only is my posture better, but I’m much stronger when I climb stairs and when I walk. I’m no longer afraid of stumbling and falling.

What are 3 words you would use to describe yourself?
Extrovert, positive, and former-Texan

Is there a recurring theme that runs through your yoga practice?
Serenity.

Do you have a passion other than yoga you’d like to share about?
Not sure I’d call them passions, but surely they count as interests —
Sudoku – great way to relax with my 2nd cup of coffee in the morning.
Crochet – I crochet prayer shawls with a group of ladies at Central UMC.
Wandering Wednesdays – in good weather, my husband and I try to explore this beautiful area, often on Wednesdays. (The tourists have gone home from the weekend before and they haven’t yet arrived for the next weekend.) We enjoy exploring many of the small communities here in Western NC as well as the Asheville art galleries, Biltmore Estate, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the area greenways and hiking trails. Our beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains! – We’ve lived here a little over a year and a half, and I don’t believe I will ever get tired of our gorgeous mountains. I’ve been known to break into song because they are so majestic.

How did you find Asheville Community Yoga?
It was what I call a “God Thang” — Last April I went on a women’s church retreat, one of our members on the trip led a practice for everyone each of the 2 mornings. I thought, “I can do this.” The next week I got a card in the mail from ACY for the 5 free practices. I was hooked after the first one with Wendy!

What’s your most embarrassing moment in a yoga class?
I must have missed the kindergarten class that taught the difference between your right and left. To this day I have trouble with that! When Wendy or Robert say “step right” I still occasionally step with my other right!

Don’t worry Cyndy, we all sometimes step with our other right foot. Thank you for sharing about yourself and thank you for being a part of our community. If you see Cyndy around the studio be sure to introduce yourself!