It is our privilege to announce Abbie Young as our September Teacher of the Month! Abbie is currently teaching a Warm Vinyasa Flow on Wednesdays from 8:15-9:15pm, and subs in to help out the studio as often as she can. When she’s not sharing her wisdom and knowledge with us, she can be found here taking classes. Her classes are heartfelt and poetic, and accessible to most practitioners. Check out Abbie’s regularly scheduled Vinyasa Flow on Thursdays from 4-5pm for a beautiful and unique experience. She offers a creative moving meditation that will leave you feeling more connected to the self. Abbie is a true teacher of yoga and self knowledge and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be honoring her! Here’s more on Abbie:
What was the experience with yoga that got you hooked? When my best friend, Halle, first started instructing yoga, she would practice her teaching on me in our dorm room at the college we went to. While she was teaching, it was as if I was being given permission to exist in my body and mind, unapologetically, for the first time. Yoga classes became a refuge of safety and of exploration back into my body/mind/spirit.
What is your favorite pose? I love child’s pose! It makes me feel really nurtured and safe to be curled up and resting against the earth. It is one of the sweetest poses to me that exemplifies self-care and self-love. I especially love when my belly rests against my thighs in this asana. It feels like a full body acceptance asana.
What is your most challenging pose? Shavasana is by far my most challenging pose. It is one that takes such surrender, yet such mindfulness.
What is your favorite time/place to practice? It is really special for me to practice in the dark under the sky on (safe, flat) roof-tops. I enjoy practicing in “unconventional” yoga spaces, in general. It reminds me that yoga is something that can be accessed anywhere, anytime. That I do not need to have anything “fancy” to show up for myself, for my life, and to practice.
How has yoga changed your life? Yoga transforms my life in ways that continue to unfold for me. It has become my life practice. Growing up, I had such an affinity towards the idea of a yoga practice. However, I always thought that my body was not “fit” enough or “good” enough to practice. Honestly, I really disliked my first yoga class because I was so caught up in my own mindset of comparisons and judgments of my own mind/body. Yoga, for me, is a practice of taking myself back and of remembering myself. It continues to be a conduit to access what it means to be alive, in this moment.
Do you have a favorite yoga book or video? I find myself re-reading the Yamas and Niyamas by Deborah Adele. I also appreciate anything written by Pema Chödron.
What are 3 words you would use to describe yourself? Human, learning, growing.
Is there a recurring theme that runs through your yoga practice? Libration is a large theme of my yoga practice. To me, it is my ability to release judgment about myself, to release comparisons, and to free myself in that moment. When I give myself permission to be liberated, I am able to accept myself, where I am, in that moment.
If you could just share one practice that has helped you the most, what would it be? I close my eyes as often as possible throughout my yoga asana practices (when it does not compromise my safety). I have spent too much of my life looking into mirrors in classes and assessing my physical body, in general. Closing my eyes allows me to connect back to something deeper, something free-er. It allows me to be in my yoga practice.
Do you have a passion other than yoga you’d like to share about? I am incredibly passionate about human rights & the liberation of all living things. I also perform spoken word poetry/slam poetry fairly frequently and am quite passionate about self-expression, creating/art, and vulnerability.
If you haven’t met this powerful human or taken one of her classes- what are you waiting for? Thank you Abbie, for all that you do in this community!