I was born raised in Lake Doucette and have now lived in Hectanooga for the past 27 years. I live there with my husband, daughter, a dog and a cat. My two sons now live outside the home. I have a soon to be daughter-in-law and a most handsome 5 month old grandson. I love doing many activities: running, walking with our dog, kayaking, swimming, biking and yoga. I have a love for travel and adventure and I adore people.
Tell us about your yoga story. When did you first step on a mat, and what brought you there?
I first went with a dear friend to Supernova when it first opened about two and a half years ago, as I was training for a full marathon and had read how beneficial it was for runners to practice yoga. This was a Power Yoga class, done in a heated room, and my Aunt Jean had spoke to me about hot yoga and how she thought I would love it so I thought, perfect! Here is my chance to try it.
How has practicing yoga improved your life, and positively affected those around you?
I saw yoga as an exercise to complement my running in the beginning. I soon realized that what the mind, body, soul benefited from as a whole was beyond what a person can describe easily. It is a feeling of being grounded, accepting myself, at peace and happy. I try to always look at the positive side of life and yoga has helped me become a happier person.
What’s your favorite pose and why?
My favourite pose is head stand. I love it as I feel so strong when in the pose as it takes all of my core strength to get into it and hold it.
What’s your favourite pose and why?
My least favourite is pigeon pose. I find it a challenge as my hips are tight.
What advice would you give someone who’s interested in trying yoga, but has yet to take the leap?
People attend of many different ages, sizes and levels of practice. It is wonderful! Trying something new can be intimidating, however, Joe and Kate’s classes radiate a feeling of acceptance, love, and encouragement. You soon realize that you are not competing with anyone. You are just trying to become a better version of you. We are all different and each day that we step on our mat is different and that is okay. The journey is not about anyone else. It is about ourselves. You deserve to try it and see for yourself. Trust me, it will be worth it! Yoga will be a lifelong commitment and journey for me, as it has become a way of life.