For January we are honoring Vanessa Roy as our volunteer of the month! Vanessa said “I found Asheville community yoga by luck.”, but we are truly the lucky ones! Vanessa is a real joy and light to have around the studio. She is generous with her time, volunteering two regular shifts a week at Zen & Now where she is motivated to do any task needed to help out. Vanessa radiates positivity and kindness and goes above and beyond to help support our community. Thank you Vanessa! Here is some more information about this great volunteer, yogi and community member straight from the source…
Yoga has made me a more open minded person. It has been a guiding light through tough times and yoga as an umbrella is so vast that there’s always more to learn about myself, my life and life in general. The experience in yoga that hooked me was when I was 23 years old. I went to a teacher’s training course and got my 500RYT. It was empowering to connect with my body and mind in a way I never had before. My inspiration for yoga continues to be to learn about the different layers within myself. What is my edge today? What is holding me back? How can I surrender into my practice or how am I resisting it? The idea of surrendering into a pose continues to run through my practice. Surrendering in my body but, more importantly surrendering in my mind. My most important practice is reconnecting with my heart. My mantra is find a way find a way find a way.
My favorite pose in yoga I would have to say is pigeon pose. It is totally stabilizing for my body. It is one of those poses that makes me feel really safe. My most challenging pose these days is mountain pose because it takes a new layer of stillness from within to stay actively still yet receptive and calm. My favorite time to practice yoga is in the evening. My favorite yoga book is definitely The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar. I love Krishna Das but of course who doesn’t. I have a passion for music. I am a closet singer and guitar player. Three words I would use to describe myself are: strong, truthful and stubborn. My spirit animal is a lion. I’m a cat at heart but, like to draw strength from my spirit animal when needed.
Thank you for sharing so openly with us Vanessa. You are a true joy to share space with and we are grateful for your contributions.