Yogi of the Month ~ Helena Pittman

How long have you been practicing?   

3 weeks

Any advice on how to make time for practice with a busy work/family schedule? 

I’m retired so it helps. Yoga is a part of my schedule now.

Describe your yoga practice in one word: Novice

How does your yoga practice benefit your other passions/hobbies? 

Relieves pain in shoulder, better sleep (compared to no sleep for 30 years!)

Why did you start practicing yoga? 

My daughter’s enthusiasm inspired me to take it up.  She made me feel I could participate because of the many ages, body types, & physical abilities she sees on a daily basis. And she was right!

How does yoga impact your everyday life?

I’m surprised and inspired by taking on this new endeavor, meaning that other activities I didn’t think I could do I might be willing to try now.

What misconceptions about yoga, if any, were changed after you started practicing? 

I didn’t know what yoga was beyond all the complicated poses shown on social media, or why anyone would want to do them in the first place. It’s so much more! You don’t have to look a certain way or be a certain age to do it-anyone can do yoga!  Just do what you can and breathe! And you don’t have to wear a bikini ;)


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Teacher Feature ~ Sharlotte Fedewa

Sharlotte teaches every Friday morning 6 am Sunrise Flow.  Keep an eye on the schedule for her Kid's and Toddler yoga classes.

 

When were you first introduced to yoga, and what got you hooked?

I was first introduced to yoga in my college dorm. My new friends and I went to a class together. They liked it but I loved it. I fell in love with the way yoga made me feel. I started to consistently go to yoga classes. Sometimes I would go twice a day. 

What made you decide to become a yoga instructor?

I wanted to go over seas and I wanted to get away from school because I didn’t feel passionate about my studies. I quit school after I became an instructor and don’t regret it. 

What’s your favorite pose?

Triangle— it’s nuanced. I like showing people how to lift their torso up, so their abs start to burn.  

How do you remain grounded outside the yoga studio? 

When I feel overwhelmed I take really slow breaths and remind myself life doesn’t have to be so serious. 

What does your personal practice look like these days? 

I am a mom, so I don’t have much time for myself. I try to practice as I go through my day. Sometimes, I get to go to yoga classes. I do the Ashtanga primary series at home when I can. I have to remind myself to not get down on myself because my practice is not consistent. It will get better once the kids get a little older! Letting go is yoga, right? 

What advice do you have for the beginner yogi, other than only focus on yourself? 

If you feel like you can’t sit still you probably need meditation or restorative yoga more than a power yoga class. Balancing out your sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system can help you lose weight because you let go of unnecessary mind stuff, make quicker logical choices and create space for good thoughts. Fast yoga doesn’t always = lose weight.  

In your opinion what the biggest misconception about being a yoga instructor?  

Yoga instructors get to “do” yoga all the time. No, we get to “demonstrate” all the time, which is way different. It’s hard to link your breath with movement when you’re telling people link their breath with movement. Sometime you can get so caught up in teaching that you forget your practice. 

One healthy food you swear by, and why? 

Are garlic stuffed olive healthy? So satisfying. 

 


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