When did you start practicing yoga?
I came to my first class on Thanksgiving morning, 2015.
What brought you to BYX?
A friend convinced me to try it out after I described how I was tired of being sore from working out with trainers and that sort of thing. I had been thinking about yoga for quite a while, but had not worked up courage to go. She stopped me cold and instructed me to meet her at BYX Thanksgiving morning with one goal in mind: to stay in the room, and come back a second time. I came back a second time and a third time. Eighteen months later, I have not looked back and have not seen (or paid!) a personal trainer since.
Why do you keep coming?
It's such a great place to wear my favorite red shirt, and as an optimist, I'm convinced that if I keep coming back, Kathi will eventually
massage my feet
. Kidding aside, it's simple, I continue to feel stronger physically and mentally as a result of my practice.
What benefits have you seen from your practice?
From a physical perspective, I have increased flexibility, and I sleep much better. From a non-physical perspective, I've become more mindful in life and business.
What has surprised you about practicing?
My ability to change my mind both in and out of the room has improved. Ultimately, I find I have an ability to think more clearly.
What other activities do you enjoy?
I enjoy golf, skiing, paddle tennis and the occasional hike.
How has yoga improved/changed your life?
I've found peace knowing that I have finally found the right investment in myself. Similar to golf, I just wish I started long ago.
What's your favorite posture and why?
Is that a trick question? There's nothing better than final savasana!
Do you have any new goals that you did not have before practicing yoga?
I did a 10-day challenge late last year, and this year I'll be doing a 15-day and a 20-day challenge.
Is there any other information about your life or practice you would like to share?
One frame of mind that has helped me on the tough days is that I remind myself it's not just a workout or a check of the proverbial box for the day, but rather each session is an incremental investment that is building off prior days and will pay dividends down the line. Put another way and with a financial lens, each class is not a one-time expense, but rather an investment. It may sound silly, but it has helped me get my head straight on the days I'm not in the mat mood.