Today we feature a lovely member of the Denton studio named Elise. Elise has been practicing at the studio since July of 2016 and has been a dedicated yogi both to her practice as well as a wonderful presence in the community aspect of Inspire Yoga Denton. We are excited to feature her story today. Shower her with some love in the comments!
I have taken this wisdom into my career: I am a pianist so my job is built on performance. Yoga teaches me that I don’t need to worry if I don’t perform in a certain way; the music I play today is my talent, it is where I am right now. I’m learning to reject the fear that I’m not meeting expectations and instead to work hard and invest in practice; this is something to celebrate!
Finally, breathing. I can feel my body learning from the moments in yoga when I breathe to calm my mind and stay in a tricky pose. “Stay here, you are okay, you can exist even in stillness, be here right now.” Recently I was upset during a conversation with someone I love, and I wanted to run out of the room because it was really hard. Instead, I took a deep breath and it helped. I stayed. This is what the practice of breathing in yoga is teaching me.
Also, I met a new best friend here at Inspire — shout out to Jenni! I really appreciate that Inspire is a community of people I enjoy being around. I’m encouraged by the familiar faces who come to class and do yoga beside me. It means a lot to me!