Hello Friends! Welcome to the new Lift blog. We have decided to share insights on some of the amazing aspects of Lift including Q and As with our instructors, students and details of the new classes and events to come! That being said, each month we will be spotlighting a student! Every month the instructors will collaborate on a student who they feel embodies the essence of being a yogi! It’s not about being the most flexible or the one able to do the craziest poses. It’s the kindness in which the individual approaches Lift, their fellow yogis and their own journey. It’s an acceptance and surrender of themselves in their own personal yoga practice and the tenacity to show up, continue to grow, learn, fail and succeed in that practice. With that said let’s meet our first Student of the Month Vin!!!
Lift: Vin, please share with us when and how you were first introduced to yoga?
Vin: I grew up in India where yoga originated (Lucky Duck) and it is well known but, unfortunately, the majority of the population do not practice it. I started playing tennis at age twelve and the warm-up routine included simple yoga stretches.
Lift: That is amazing! So what keeps you coming back to yoga?
Vin: I feel good physically and emotionally after each class at Lift. The teachers are great and I feel like I’m part of a community of like-minded people. Yoga actually helps alleviate my tennis-related joint pain in my rotator cuff and hip. It’s pain management without medication!
Lift: Do you do yoga every day?
Vin: I do simple stretches everyday but don’t have a formal routine at home, which is why I attend classes at Lift as often as possible. Just the act of being conscious of your breath everyday is a good yoga practice! Sitting cross-legged on the floor instead of lying on the couch while watching TV or listening to music is another example. We love it!
Lift: Are there any poses you are scared/nervous/hesitant to try?
Vin: I can’t do a headstand without support against a wall. I know it can be achieved with some practice but I haven’t made the effort. Against the wall counts as a headstand!!!
Lift: What are your "yoga essentials" for before or after yoga? Do you grab props, essential oils, have favorite color to wear, or do you just show up with a smile?
Vin: I try to eat a couple of hours before the class or have a light snack an hour before. And a smile of course!
Lift: What is the most surprising thing you've found so far, about you and your yoga practice or about yoga in general?
Vin: Yoga has helped me manage physical injuries as well as emotional stress. I was initially skeptical like most people but am a believer now! It’s good stuff, right?
Lift: Is there one place in the world you where you would like to do yoga?
Vin: I have been fortunate to have visited many beautiful spots in the world and have many more on my bucket list. One spot that is very high on the to-do list is Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
Lift: Do you have any recommendations for the Lifties to explore outside this month?
Vin: My favorite , local, hiking spot is the Roswell Mill Waterfall via the Vickery Creek Trail at Roswell Mill. That is a great suggestion and close to home too!
Lift: Last question, do you have a goal for your personal yoga practice?
Vin: Stay healthy in body and mind. Be thankful and joyful…it can be contagious! Yes!
Lift: Thank you Vin. Namaste.