John Coleman is our Student of the Month! He shows up with so much enthusiasm for his practice and our community. His warmth and smile as soon as he walks in the door are infectious. He doesn’t know a stranger and helps give new folks the low down on the happenings here. You can find John folding towels and socializing before and after classes. We are so fortunate to have him here practicing all styles of yoga with us most days of the week. Read on!
What was the experience with yoga that got you hooked? My first yoga teacher did voice overs for commercials in NY and had a very soothing voice. I also
learned how to massage my own back and was amazed at the relaxation it provided me.
What inspires you to continue yoga? It is a life style for me and as I age
I believe its extremely important to remain flexible and balanced both mentally and physically.
What is your favorite pose? I would say my favorite pose is Mountain pose.
I feel grounded, open, calm and relaxed.
What is your most challenging pose? No question, Revolving Half Moon….Someday!!
What is your favorite time/place to practice? I have my own business and come
to yoga when I feel I need a break. Sometimes in the mornings, sometimes in the afternoon or evenings. The beauty of Asheville Community Yoga is the continuous offerings of different classes, yoga styles and instructors all day long. Whenever I’m ready to practice, there is always a class at ACY. I never would have tried so many different styles of yoga without ACY’s robust class schedule.
How has yoga changed your life? It has opened up not only my hips and hammies,
getting me in the best shape of my life, but yoga has also opened my mind and life in a good way. It has made me more mindful, more caring more accepting and more loving. It has helped me move towards better health.
Do you have a favorite yoga book or video? Yes. My yoga teacher in NY gave
me “Autobiography of a Yogi”. by Paramahansa Yogananda, considered the father of western yoga.
What are 3 words you would use to describe yourself? Accepting, Thankful, Caring
Is there a recurring theme that runs through your yoga practice? Each day
is different, I try to dedicate my practice to those in need and ask myself how I can help.
If you could just share one practice that has helped you the most, what would
it be? I would say Yin Yoga. I just recently discovered Yin Yoga in Kelly’s and Lauren’s classes and it has done so much for my flexibility in the short time I’ve been practicing yin.
What is your current or all-time favorite song or artist for a yoga playlist? I have 2: “There’s something happening here” – India Dub-DJ DREZ, & Life
at Ocean Sound Yoga and Rod Stewart- “You’re in My Heart”
What is your mantra? “Burn Brightly–Your a Beacon to Someone!!
Do you have a passion other than yoga you’d like to share about? Yes I am
passionate about helping seniors and veterans with their finances. Too often they get bad advice and are ripped off or taken advantage of by salesmen. Through my business I help get them organized, set them on the right track and often find money that may be
slipping through the cracks through high fees and taxes.
How did you find Asheville Community Yoga? I moved here last summer and my
sister told me to try it. I waited 6 months (don’t know why) and then when I walked through the door, I found my happy place. I am always greeted with a smile.
Do you have a spirit animal? If so, what is it? I would say the Lion. I
am reminded of a kitten looking in a mirror and seeing the reflection of a majestic lion.
What’s your most embarrassing moment in a yoga class? We were doing plank
and the teacher said don’t let your ass sag…so I jokingly asked the lady (a friend) next to me if my ass was sagging. The teacher overheard me and announced what I said to the entire class…all in good fun.