The 216 community of yogis is rich and diverse. Each month, we invite a different yogi to share their yoga journey and demo our month’s focus. This month, we checked in with Jennifer Burrell, who’s made yoga a steady companion in the flow of her life!
Namaste, Jennifer! We are grateful to have you in our community!
On a spring afternoon in 2013, my five-year old daughter and I were strolling along the High Line. She was at a delightful stage of exploring words and all of a sudden stopped, and read from a wall, “Yoga. Here. Now.”
“Mom,” she said, “you keep saying you want to do yoga. You can do it here!”
So we clambered down the 20th Street stairs, crossed the street and entered into the calm and inviting space that is Yoga 216. We were warmly welcomed. My daughter remembers ginger cookies. I remember serene people floating from an oasis of blue mats and lovely lighting; a class was just ending. There were fluffy towels and tea. The seed was planted but we were moving to Europe.
Two years later, from my leafy terrace in my beloved Berlin, I began to contemplate a new life in New York. I knew that I wanted it to include Yoga 216, so I purchased an introductory membership even before my return and activated it within days of arriving.
The end of my first month corresponded with my birthday, and I gave myself the gift of a yoga practice. Now, as my third year begins, the studio has become an integral part of my life, and a refuge.
It’s a place of peace, friendship and shared community with my neighbors. At Yoga 216, I’ve learned to be more peaceful and contemplative then I was before, and my body is strong and more flexible.
I’m more centered in my life and more disciplined about taking this time for myself, every day. I’ve learned that I can do yoga when I’m sick, exhausted, or incredibly stressed, and I always leave feeling refreshed.
I’m on the move a lot for work and by inclination and yoga takes me on new journeys. I often resurface from a perfect stretch of coastline or an alpine riverside to realize that my body is still moving on the mat. My yoga practice ebbs and flows and I’ve learned that it, like life, is never a unilinear trajectory.
Happy 5th Anniversary, Yoga 216.