A huge amount of gratitude goes to our Volunteers of the Month for April. We are honoring all of the volunteers who helped to get the Childcare up and running last month. We couldn’t have done it without them. We are so excited to be able to finally offer child care here at the studio so that parents have a better opportunity to practice. These folks being generous with their time has made that possible as our child care is donation based and volunteer run.
Among the Volunteers are community members Norma Richard, Annalise Barron, Anna Madison, Liz Laughridge, Mark Miller, Walton Condrey, Shamla Shakir, Julia Krebs-Moberg, Emily Miller, Renee Ray, Marie Schaner, Kara Kovach, Jennifer Maurer, Carolyn Grant, Hannah Warren & Katie Houston.
Here is a little more information about these fabulous folks…
I find the most inspiring aspect of yoga to be the feeling that comes after I practice, that everything is going to be okay. Whether it be school, work, relationships, or general anxiety, I always know stepping on the mat will bring me a sense of peace and perspective, and that feeling is what pulls me back to yoga time and time again. Yoga has been one of the few constants in my life. I hop around between favorite physical activities- rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, being a gym rat- to name a few, and from place to place- Arizona, Asheville, Ecuador- but yoga is always with me. Yoga is the first physical and spiritual experience I haven’t grow sick of or moved on from. I think discovering something I like enough to keep it around for many years is life-changing. I went to high school with Michael’s kids, so I’m not sure if I first found out about Asheville Community Yoga at school or when my mom dragged my begrudged teenage self to classes. Growing up in Asheville, ACY has been in my life for many years. I am passionate about being outdoors, cooking vegan food for my friends and family, learning about plants (I am an Ecology and Environmental Biology major) and traveling to places that challenge me and push me out of my comfort zone. My most embarrassing moment happens nearly every class- getting my rights and lefts confused. I find myself thinking “what is that person DOING?” about someone near me, before realizing I’m the one with my arms and legs backward.
What was the experience with yoga that got you hooked? The continuing pursuit of flexibility, strength, spirit, and community.
What inspires you to continue yoga? I always come away from practice with a more open heart.
What is your favorite pose? Headstand
What is your most challenging pose? Marichyasana I
What is your favorite time/place to practice? Mornings at Asheville Community Yoga Center
How has yoga changed your life? I stand straighter, breathe better and love more
What are 3 words you would use to describe yourself? Kind, funny, creative
Is there a recurring theme that runs through your yoga practice? To allow what I am capable of doing in the moment to be okay and to push a bit beyond it without being competitive or hurting myself.
If you could just share one practice that has helped you the most, what would it be? The art of non-attachment through meditation
What is your current or all-time favorite song or artist for a yoga playlist? Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”.
What is your mantra? I received a mantra 40 years ago from a teacher of Transcendental Meditation and was
told that it was tailored to me and saying it out loud to anyone else diminished its effectiveness. I have never shared it. I also repeat Nam Myōhō Renge Kyō, a basic Buddhist chant that seems to work in much the same way as my mantra, although, the mantra is repeated silently.
Do you have a passion other than yoga you’d like to share about? Acting, cycling, movies, art.
How did you find Asheville Community Yoga? I was visiting Asheville and wanted to practice. Asheville Community Yoga was the yoga center nearest me. When Nicole and I decided to move to Asheville we wanted to find a home within 15 minutes of the center. We did.
Do you have a spirit animal? If so, what is it? I’d like to say eagle but it’s probably closer to a crocodile
What’s your most embarrassing moment in a yoga class? Farting out loud.
What was the experience with yoga that got you hooked? I’m a very high energy person and it gave me the opportunity to take a breath and slow down in a healthy way.
What is your favorite pose? Downward dog, I love letting my heart melt toward the ground with each breath.
What is your favorite time/place to practice? Early in the morning as the sun is rising in my bedroom. The morning sun is so beautiful!
What are 3 words you would use to describe yourself? Energetic, passionate, wiggly!
If you could just share one practice that has helped you the most, what would it be? Having a narrative imagination; being able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes to gain perspective.
Do you have a passion other than yoga you’d like to share about? Dancing dancing dancing! It’s an amazing way to express myself and I love being able to connect with others through movement.
Do you have a spirit animal? If so, what is it? An otter for sure.
Another HUGE thank you to all of our volunteers. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without you. If you see any of our volunteers around let them know how much you appreciate them!