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Mie Homegrown Power Yoga student

Mie

What is it that keeps you coming back to Homegrown Power Yoga?

There are so many things that keeps me coming back... when I first started, I only saw yoga as another form of exercise. Now I keep coming back, not only for the physical wellness, but also for the emotional, mental and spiritual wellness. The questions and the flow keeps me grounded in life, in my relationships, in my work... and it lifts me up. I keep coming back because I realized that it’s important to care for myself to care for my loved ones around me. I keep coming back because the individuals in the room are powerful...and the energy in the room is contagious!

How has practicing here at HPY impacted you/life?

In so many ways! I feel like it’s my second home... I feel welcomed, loved, and cared for when I arrive. I feel accomplished, stronger, grounded. My family and colleagues have noted the difference in my language, my affect, my energy. I’ve moved away from the way I look to focus on how I feel and think.

If you could give advise to anyone who is on the fence about yoga, what is the one thing your would say to them to encourage them to go for it?

You, too, can do the Crow pose! All joking aside, I’m all about being curious... just be curious to the message, to what your body and mind are asking for, and just dive in. What have we got to lose? What have we got to gain?


Molly Homegrown Power Yoga student

Molly

What is it that keeps you coming back to Homegrown Power Yoga?

I have a hard time articulating exactly why I first started coming to HPY regularly. When I first started, I was trying to recover from a fairly traumatic illness, and I felt that no matter what I did, I would never feel like a normal person again. I was trying the “fake it until you make it” approach, and going about my daily life as it had been before my illness, but it wasn’t working. I felt awful -- physically, mentally and emotionally. When I started coming to HPY, little by little, I started to feel better. When I completed my first 30 day challenge, I felt much better than I had in a very long time. I understood what Alison meant when she talked about the practice being restorative, and I started to believe that recovery was possible, and that I actually could go beyond being the person I was before, and continue to grow -- physically, mentally and emotionally. That was well over a year ago, and I still make it a priority to try to come to yoga every day because I realize that discovery never ends. Each time I attend, I feel like the practice continues to restore my faith in myself, in my abilities and in the community around me, which is supportive and wonderful.

How has practicing here at HPY impacted you/life?

It’s given me so much... At the beginning of each practice, I walk into the studio and even if I don’t know everyone there, I feel as if I’m surrounded by friends or at the very least, good people with nothing but good intentions (at least for the next hour :). At the end of each practice, I feel immense gratitude for my health, myself, the practice, my family and life, Alison and all the good things I have. Each practice reminds me how connected all of these things are, and gives me a sense of peace no matter what else is going on outside the door. I’ve brought my kids with me when I know they are all tangled up inside and can’t get a hold on things. I see it’s immediate impact on them, and they walk out feeling better because they have used their bodies physically, but mostly because they have taken some time to just be. That’s hard for all of us, but especially kids. HPY has helped me find a place I can just be and feel better, and that I can bring my family to do the same.

If you could give advise to anyone who is on the fence about yoga, what is the one thing your would say to them to encourage them to go for it?

I think the only thing you can say is just go. When you really don’t think you want to go; when you’ve convinced yourself it’s not for you or you’re not ready or you’re not stretchy or bendy or “one of those yoga people,” you should just go. No one in the room is ready or stretchy or bendy or knows all the moves or is “one of those yoga people.” They are just people who want to feel as if they’ve done something during the day to make themselves feel better physically, mentally and emotionally. I would say drop everything you thought you knew about yoga, the “kind” of people who do it and what you think will happen, and just go and find out. It’s different for everyone, but you always get what you need.


Stephanie Homegrown Power Yoga student

Stephanie Homegrown Power Yoga student

Stephanie

What is it that keeps you coming back to Homegrown Power Yoga?

The community keeps me coming back to HPY. Old friends, new friends, and the supportive and welcoming atmosphere. Being greeted by name every time I walk through the door. HPY is a safe place to be present and give yourself the gift of time dedicated to your wellbeing. Meeting myself daily on my mat is always a fun challenge. The warmth of the floor on my feet and the brilliance of the sun shining through the giant wall of windows seals the deal!

How has practicing here at HPY impacted you/life?

Wow. HPY has impacted every facet of my being. I have grown to love my body for what it is, strong and capable. I have learned to trust the process, breathe through “it”, be present and clear, and show up!

If you could give advise to anyone who is on the fence about yoga, what is the one thing your would say to them to encourage them to go for it?

SHOW UP AND HAVE FUN! It will change your life-mind-body and soul.