Teacher Feature ~ Erin Hulliberger

Favorite pose and why?

Dancer (Natarajasana). I love the combination of balance, strength, flexibility and meditation it takes to get to a full expression… and how amazing I feel when I do.

First introduced to yoga?

I found yoga as a way to build strength and flexibility while marathon training in my early 20s. I never looked back.

10 words or less on why I love yoga?

Yoga is my reset button. It both reenergizes and grounds me.   

How does my practice make me stronger?

Yoga strengthens my mind more than anything. It trains me to be present in the moment – not focused on what has been or what is to be.

How do you remain grounded outside the yoga studio?

I take 15 minutes of quiet time every day to meditate and pray.

Advice to beginner yogi?

Keep trying! Everyone was new once, and even experienced yogis fight for certain poses. The struggle is the journey.

Mantra or intention?

My favorite intention is “Growth and comfort do not coexist.” I have found it to be true both on and off the mat, physically and mentally.

Biggest misconception about being a yoga instructor?

That you are really, really flexible! My hamstrings are like guitar strings!

One healthy food I swear by and why?

Eggs. There are endless ways to eat them, and with lots of protein and good, healthy fats, they always fill me up.

Yogi of the Month ~ Jonathan McArthur

Jonathan McArthur

How long have you been practicing? 6 months.

What’s your favorite pose and why? Purvottanasana… because isn’t it everyone’s favorite pose?

In 10 words or less describe why you love yoga: The nourishment of not only my body but my mind.

How does your yoga practice benefit your other passions/hobbies? Reducing the times that I am injured only leads to me being more active. I would like to say it increased the time I spend in other hobbies but my practice has really led to me progressing deeper into yoga.

Why did you start practicing yoga? I had been experiencing neck and lower back pain from my career as a farmer that led to multiple chiropractic visits without any real relief. Yoga has not only helped alleviate those discomforts it has made me more mindful, and introduced Laura and I to a healthy positive community.

How does yoga impact your everyday life? I feel a lot more balanced.

What misconceptions about yoga, if any, were changed after you started practicing?
That yoga is truly for any body.

Yogi of the Month ~ Laura McArthur

Laura McArthur

How long have you been practicing?  Since May, so almost 6 months.

What’s your favorite pose and why?  I love chair.  I feel rooted, active, and powerful.

In 10 words or less describe why you love yoga: It is movement and rest.

How does your yoga practice benefit your other passions/hobbies?  It motivates me to do more and try new things. 

Why did you start practicing yoga?  Jonathan and I wanted to have a healthy hobby that we could do together.  I also really needed a better way to deal with anxiety/stress and have more exercise on a regular basis.

How does yoga impact your everyday life?  Using mindfulness.  Eating thoughtfully.  Moving more often.  Having a heart full of love.  I want to live this way always, and yoga helps me keep these as priorities.

What misconceptions about yoga, if any, were changed after you started practicing?  I was a bit intimidated at first, but I quickly realized I had no need to be.  My practice is my own. The community of people at yoga story is so beautiful and I love being a part of it.


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