The practice of yoga is an ongoing thing – a lifelong process of learning that we feel privileged to share with our fellow yogis at Yoga 216. That’s why we’ve started a regular post series called ‘You Are the Teacher’ – so we can celebrate your progress and provide a platform to impart some of your innate wisdom at the same time. First up, Michelle Schackman, who’s clocked up an impressive 119 hours at the studio in the year she’s been practicing with us.
Yoga has taught me how to breathe and do my best to stay in the present moment. That’s not easy! Nor is it something I could do right away. It’s literally taken years. I implement yoga breathing techniques all the time – any time I start feeling stressed or anxious. My practice has grown exponentially since I started at Yoga216 about a year ago. It’s an amazing place with amazing values and amazing teachers. And while I love the stretching and the sweating, I’ve really come to enjoy the spirituality aspect.
What is your favorite pose and why?
I used to be terrified of crow and dreaded when a teacher had us do it, but after Nicole and others helped me conquer my fears – mainly of falling flat on my face – I did it. It just happened one day, then I could all of a sudden do it regularly and now I love it. I also enjoy any kind of hip-openers because my hips are like walnuts, just needing to be cracked open!
What advice would you give somebody who’s curious about starting yoga?
Do it! I was just saying to a friend tonight that yoga isn’t something you can try three times and then give up on. You have to give it a chance. A real, solid chance. And if you do, and are open to it, it’ll change your life.