I began practicing yoga at Sumit’s on July 4, 2009. My neighbors had been practicing there since it opened in May of that year and suggested (several times) that I try it with them. I always had a reason, usually that I didn’t have time. I had dabbled in yoga over the years by checking out books at the library, watching videos and taking a few classes at the Y and always thought it would be something I would enjoy. I wasn’t disciplined enough to practice on my own and it had been difficult to find classes that fit my schedule. I finally “gave in” and, after a few classes, decided it was exactly what I needed. Sumit’s had classes in the evening so I made time. After a few months, I noticed I was not only shedding inches but also shedding stress. Over the years I have come to realize, the true gift of yoga is not how it makes me look, but how it makes me feel.
In June 2013 I had the opportunity to attend Sumit’s Teacher Training and earned a Yoga Alliance certification of RYT 200. I attended Yogafit Level 1 training in September 2013 and completed certification requirements in March 2014. In December 2013 I began teaching Sumit’s Gentle Stretch class. Having worked in an office setting for over 30 years, I have experienced some of the physical side effects of sitting all day in front of a computer such as tightness in the hips and stress in the back, neck, shoulders and arms. I know how yoga has helped me and I want to share its benefits with everyone. Gentle Stretch is the perfect class to regain flexibility lost through work or exercise or to simply unwind after a long day of work or school.