I have always been drawn to yoga. I lived in Little Rock (what seems a lifetime ago)
and as a late teen going into my 20’s; I picked up a Rodney Yee Ashtanga DVD and
a generic Yoga mat. Something drew me to start a practice. I subscribed to a very
popular Yoga Magazine and started practicing. I read books on yoga (one of which I
still have and now I am getting all new things from it!), practiced my DVD, and read
During this time, I never went to a class. Not once. It would be 7 years later that I
found the courage to practice with others. I had all kinds of preconceived notions on
what a class would be, what I had to be to go to class, and that somehow I would fail.
I was never an athletic kid growing up. In fact, I was overweight and generally ate
typical food for a teenager in the 90’s (read junk....). Practicing in front of others
would show my weakness. I could say to others, “I have a home practice.” Which was
true, and there was so much more for me to learn.
After going to my very first Yoga Class at a Fayetteville studio on New Year’s Day, I
Yes, having a personal home practice is important, and nothing can change the
feeling of practicing with others! Yoga is very much a personal practice and an
energetic one. Without a community to share your practice with, there is a whole
different level that is missed out on.
I push myself to my edge in class, I learn new postures, I refine the ones I think I
know, and I give and receive energy that we build together in class.
Power Yoga in particular has always drawn me. I love the faster paced class, the
sweat, the heat, and the practice that forces me out of my head. I need that on a
regular basis. I can sweat it all out on my mat and come out with a new perspective.
For those of you that are nervous, shy, self-conscious, or generally apprehensive of
coming to your first yoga class, I assure you that when you leave Yoga Deza, you will
have a new love for the practice. We come together to support each other, give each
other feedback, and grow together.