For 2016 we are honoring a yogi from our community every month. This April we invited Ann Walter and Kat Hanratty –one of the many awesome couples in our community– to demonstrate our pose, Garudasana (Eagle Pose), and share their yoga journey. Namaste, Ann + Kat! We’re so thankful that you happened upon yoga!
“I recently saw a quote that read “yoga is a practice not a perfect” and it totally resonated with where Kat and I are in our practice.
We care about our health and staying active, but have both had a casual and sporadic relationship with fitness in the past. By chance, I took a class at Yoga 216 a year and a half ago and something just clicked – I instantly felt comfortable. Finding this studio, and through it my practice, was like coming home to something I didn’t even know I was missing. I must have started talking about yoga non-stop because Kat eventually started coming along with me to see what all the fuss was about! She was hooked pretty quickly as well.
Living in the city and both working in the fashion industry, there is often a competitive and judgmental element to many things, including fitness. As beginners, we’ve never felt intimidated here, just supported and welcomed in an oasis of calm. Yoga 216 personifies the community, energy, and joy of what yoga truly is. The teachers meet us where we are in our journeys – respecting our limitations but encouraging us to keep moving forward with personalized instructions. We also love the focus on a pose per month – it allows the time to truly learn the foundations and smaller components involved in an accessible way.
We are now kind of yoga obsessed – in a good way! When I leave the studio, I feel like I just left the spa, the gym, and the therapist all rolled into one. There is a new balance in our lives. One of us is always at the studio or talking about what we did in class –and we’re practicing at home. Sometimes the stars align and we can even take a class together.
If you told me two years ago that either of us would have developed a consistent yoga practice, I would never have believed it. But now I know that yoga is for everybody – and every body -wherever they are on their path. The experience at Yoga 216 has given both of us the confidence to hold space for ourselves where we are in our own practices – and understand that the journey is the destination. I’m grateful to the instructors for helping both of us discover this beautiful union of mind, body, and spirit.
Kat and I got married last year and made a lifelong commitment to each other. I think we’ve also begun a lifelong relationship with our yoga practice as well!”