For 2016 our intention is to honor a yogi from our community every month. This January we invited Bianca Pendziakow to demonstrate our pose, Side Crow, and share her yoga journey. Namaste, Bianca! We’re so glad you found 216.
“As someone with a great ability to empathize with other people, the one person I found I couldn’t empathize with was myself. Until I found yoga.
I was fortunate enough to begin my yoga journey at an Iyengar school that provided me the invaluable gift of connection to my physical body. I couldn’t articulate it at the time, but after years of practice, something was missing.
I practiced at several schools before finding Yoga 216. Looking back on it now, it’s the school that found me. From my very first class, I knew I found home. Nicole was the missing puzzle piece that connected my physical self to my emotional and spiritual self. I was no longer at war with me! The compassion and patience she demonstrates permeates the practice at Yoga 216. It is that energy that shifted something in me and created space to access compassion and patience toward myself, both on and off the mat.
Yoga teaches me, every day, to honor myself; my mind, my breath, and my body. My practice brings me clarity. It brings me strength and focus. It offers me compassion and empathy for myself; to meet me where I am on this journey rather than criticize me for where I should be. It turns me inward; to heal, to calm and to uplift. Yoga has taught me that I have everything I need to be able to choose whether I want to be happy or unhappy… not to mention the benefits to the physical body!!
Sounds too good to be true, right?
Yoga is defined as union and I was skeptical as well, until all of these things began to, and continue to, come together for me.
I no longer have to be on the mat to hear the most powerful words I have been taught… With great respect and love, I honor my heart, my inner teacher.”