Many thanks to this month’s Volunteer of the Month, Donna Walker! Donna shares her time between Asheville and Louisiana and when she is here, she gives her time generously. You can find her helping out in the gardens, volunteering at community events or hauling food donations to Manna Food Bank. She is currently taking our immersion for the second time to further deepen her practice. Donna is humble and shows great passion for our community. We are so grateful and appreciative to have her as a member of our family!
What was the experience with yoga that got you hooked?
My first yoga class – I began practicing yoga here in Asheville in 2008. My first class was at a local lodge in the mountains. I had an amazing teacher in a beautiful setting. I really connected with both.
What inspires you to continue yoga?
The sensation of knowing I am doing something good for myself regardless of the type of practice I am doing – gentle/hot/yin/meditation – – they all provide that depending on where my body and mind are that day.
What is your favorite pose?
What is your most challenging pose?
Dancer – this pose requires core strength and balance – some days you have it and some days you do not – The biggest challenge is the days you do not and being okay with that.
What is your favorite time/place to practice?
Sunset at the top of a mountain
How has yoga changed your life?
It has provided me a balance of physical and emotional strength that carries throughout every aspect of my life. I find that by practicing presence on my mat, I can practice presence in my day-to-day life and interaction with people.
Do you have a favorite yoga book or video?
The Yama’s & Niyams by Deborah Adele
Good Night Yoga by Mariam Gates & Sarah Jane Hinder
What are 3 words you would use to describe yourself?
Strong – Respectful – Focused
Is there a recurring theme that runs through your yoga practice?
When I came to the realization that yoga was more than just a physical body experience and I could actually be present on my mat and not have to think about anything else for that time.
If you could just share one practice that has helped you the most, what would it be?
Focused breath grounds me and I use it in everyday life to be more productive in both my personal and professional life.
What is your mantra?
Be the happiest person I know
Do you have a passion other than yoga you’d like to share about?
The earth – I love growing vegetables
How did you find Asheville Community Yoga?
As I transitioned my life into Asheville, I searched for a place to practice. When Asheville Community Yoga opened I began practicing there and knew it was the place for me. I have been practicing there since it opened and it has provided me with a place to practice and a sense of community.