Why I Do Yoga : Kimberly

Why do you practice yoga? Ask 10 different people in Sioux City, and you’ll likely hear 10 different answers. We’re sharing why some of our students practice in this new blog series: Why I do Yoga. Interested in contributing? We’d love to hear your thoughts! Email us at hello@evolvesiouxcity.com

Today we’re sharing a post from Kim, a regular student in Vinyasa and Ashtanga classes. Enjoy!

Tell us a bit about yourself

Hmmm… I am a wife, mother, sister, friend, attorney, former high school teacher and new yoga teacher who has lived in this area for the last twenty some years.

What brought you to Evolve?

I had been curious about yoga and decided to try it after Evolve opened its studio on Pearl Street.

What keeps you coming?

Immediately I was curious about physical practice of yoga as the practice was both gentle and yet challenging. I soon came to appreciate the practice was so much more. It has now become a significant part of my life. I am grateful for my teachers at Evolve who have taught with such nurturing hearts.

What’s a challenging pose that you are growing to love?

Handstands and pincha are my current major challenges. Baby steps there.

What pose brings you the most joy?

Depends on the day. Some days the opening of wild thing or Urdhva a Dhanurasana feels freeing. Other day days a deep fold might call. More recently an inversion can be calming and get my perspective changed.

What has been the most unexpected change (or realization) you’ve had as a result of your yoga practice?

I recall starting my practice and seeing people do arm balances. I thought that was not a possibility at this point in my life. I knew that I lacked the strength, balance and courage to do them. With dedication and practice, however, now arm balances are part of my practice. More importantly, I have learned that I had more strength, balance and courage that I thought I had.

Do you notice a change in your physical, mental, emotional, and/or spiritual body, from a regular yoga practice?

Yes, yes, yes, and yes. Transformative in every way. The practice resonates with me and feels healthy and right. It helps me find center and balance both in my body and spirit. I have developed a meditation practice along with my asana practice.

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