Lynn has been a regular at our studio since January. We love having her smiling face and positive attitude around the studio. Find out more about why she was brought to yoga and why she's stayed.
Why did you start doing yoga?
Over the years, I have tried different yoga studios but found it hard to keep up with the rest of the class. Suffice to say, I would attend for a few sessions then not return. Something though, would draw me to trying another one several months later, just in case.
I have always had tight hamstrings and hips, and chronic shoulder problems. I felt yoga could be the solution I was looking for but never found the perfect fit. Not too long ago, I was diagnosed with anxiety fueled depression and realized I needed to find something still, something quiet, to focus on and bring me back to the present. I had forgotten how to just be in the moment, how to breathe.
What are the biggest differences you have noticed since you started doing yoga?
I've been coming to Be Free Yoga since the beginning of January. I am stronger, more flexible, breathe deeper and connect with myself and the universe more solidly. I no longer have any chronic aches. My body loves yoga - even when it hurts. Especially when it hurts - it means something is letting go that desperately needs to be released. Instead of being embarrassed because I can't do something, I feel happy because my body is learning something new.
What brought you to Be Free Yoga?
Most of our local yoga studios offer hot yoga - as an older woman, I can tell you that I don't need yoga to raise my temperature! When I saw the little ad for 'a boutique yoga studio in the heart of Spruce Grove', it spoke to me and I emailed Katie that very day. When I walked in, I was hopeful. After leaving my mat after my first class, I was hooked!
What made you stay at Be Free Yoga?
As an older, less active woman, it is often intimidating to be surrounded by active young people and not be able to keep up the pace. At Be Free, there is no pace to keep up to. The atmosphere is gentle and supportive, nurturing and non-competitive. There is no judgement and we are all assured that everyone's body and abilities are different - we are taught to work with the body not against it. It is pretty empowering to be accepted just as you are and it has made Be Free Yoga my yoga home. I try to go every single day – my body and my soul love it!
Would you recommend Be Free Yoga to other people? Why or why not?
Yes, I absolutely would. My favorite thing that Katie says is 'the divine in me bows to the divine in you'. Humbling, respectful and accepting. You could not ask for a better place to practice yoga, whatever your level, whatever your need.