For 2016 we are honoring a yogi from our community every month. This September we invited Laura Wagstaff to demonstrate our theme, transitions in the vinyasa flow, and share her yoga journey. Namaste, Laura! Thank YOU for your steady dedication and inspiring practice!
Just under a year ago, I showed up to the studio with trepidation and was greeted by Nicole with open arms.
I was lucky enough to discover Yoga 216 as my first form of exercise after having battled and overcome a rare soft-tissue sarcoma cancer in my hamstring in 2015. Having gone through intensive chemotherapy, radiation and surgery over the course of 7 months, I was hesitant to jump back into exercise because I found that there was so much noise when I tried to listen to my body. I worried about overdoing it.
From the moment I entered Yoga 216, I immediately felt a calmness and peace — that I had landed home. It was exactly where I needed and wanted to be to start healing.
The energy of the teachers and other students is one of zero judgment. There is a quiet composure in which everyone challenges themselves and at the same time embodies a sort of zen energy that contributes to this very very special environment where I love to be.
It became clear to me that yoga was not merely about exercise. I noticed that after yoga I feel so much more centered and grounded in my mind, ready to take on a busy day at work.
Prioritizing myself, embracing stillness, keeping perspective and being patient are four gifts that I have learned to practice through my diagnosis and recovery.
I continue to keep them present daily.
I love that yoga truly is a journey and I am so grateful that I get to practice in the intimate setting of Yoga 216 which fills me up every time.
For the focus of September to be about transitions seems incredibly fitting. We know that life is filled with starting points, middles, and endings. We can learn how to navigate between each phase, embracing that sometimes things are sticky, but with optimism, determination and a sense of calmness, the mind & body can work together to achieve optimal health. It still amazes me.
Giving myself the space for regular yoga classes and Cynthia’s incredible massages have brought me back healthier and stronger than before.
Thank you, Yoga 216!