Meet Our Newest Instructor, Deb Brandt
- What people or events first drew you into yoga?
Quite honestly, I was not looking specifically to get into yoga. I was 40 and feeling my body change in ways that are often described as "inevitable." Even though I am not flexible or graceful, I became hooked on yoga, feeling like I could do it and could make some changes in my body. Although I didn't know then, I was embarking on a journey, both physically and spiritually.
- What have you found to be the most noticeable benefits to you?
I really like my physical strength and increased flexibility. I'm still never going to be a gymnast, but I now really know the importance of stretching and alignment. I feel very strong and have good posture. More importantly, I really like the time to focus on myself and be immersed in the present moment. Yoga also helps calm my ever-processing mind, so I can give and receive the good around me.
- Do you have injuries that need to adaption in yoga?
I don't necessarily have existing injuries that require consistent adapting of poses. I do have aches and pains from strains, aging, overuse, so I always give myself permission to adapt poses as needed. I really believe in listening to my body and following its direction. Yoga is not about competition or shame. It is about being present, centering in on your body and mind, and sharing that good energy with others.
You can find Deb's Slow Flow class on Tuesday mornings at 9:15.