Teacher Feature ~ Rachel Malo

Rachel teaches Restorative yoga Monday/Friday 11:45, Athletic Roll Wednesday's 11:15.  Her next workshop Roll and Restore Part 2 is March 26th.  

Favorite pose and why?

One legged Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapostasana).  This is the pose that brings opening and balance to my lower back and hips.

First introduced to yoga?

A friend suggested I try it.  I was hooked from the very first class.

10 words or less on why I love yoga?

Yoga is the pathway to greater strength, flexibility, and focus.

How does my practice make me stronger?

Nothing else quite compares to what you get back from doing yoga.  Yoga builds confidence and trust in one’s body.

How do you remain grounded outside the yoga studio?

I get out in nature every chance I get.

Advice to beginner yogi?

Keep practicing and try as many styles of yoga as you can.  Then you will find what suits your needs and wants.  Some days you want a sweaty vinyasa, and other days you need a restorative class.

Mantra or intention?

“Uplift”. My intention is that in my class you feel supported and cared for.

Biggest misconception about being a yoga instructor?

That you have to be so serious and formal.  I’m an anatomy geek, and I am series about that, but I love to crack jokes and see you smile too!

One healthy food I swear by and why?

Organic spinach.  It is a power house of nutrition and energy!

Yogi of the Month ~ Maddie Hernandez

How long have you been practicing? I’m coming up on one year in April.

What’s your favorite pose and why? Just about anything that opens up my shoulders and releases my neck. I’m a big fan of bow pose in practice, and will find myself in reverse prayer or cow face pose multiple times during each workday.

In 10 words or less describe why you love yoga:  Physical change came with fitness. Emotional and physical change came with yoga.

Why did you start practicing yoga? To take a break from running after the Half Marathon….and yoga outfits were cute. My friends always talked about it, but to me standing around on one foot wasn’t going to workout me out like trail running for an hour… I was wrong ya’ll.

How does yoga impact your everyday life? I feel better. I’ve struggled my whole life with anxiety and depression and this last year, the weight of the world has felt a little lighter, and I’ve learned to let go and be present - even if it’s just for the hour I’m in class - I’m just there, on my mat, for me.  

What misconceptions about yoga, if any, were changed after you started practicing? Flexibility and Judgement. 100%! - Yoga isn’t about flexibility, although it can come with the practice. It’s about loving and respecting what your body can do, and challenging it just a little bit further each time. JUDGEMENT- I can not express this enough to people - Yoga isn’t full of eyes looking at what you can and cannot do. No one is there to impress you or expecting to be unimpressed by you. If anything walk in as a beginner and embrace it. Everyone starts somewhere and the most impressive thing you can do is to start.



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