COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT

 

We want to celebrate all the amazing humans in our wonderful yoga community and their unique stories. So, we created the 'Yoga Community Spotlight' - A monthly feature highlighting your fellow students and their journey with yoga. Hopefully you'll get to know them better. 

 

I'm very excited to share with you this months student spotlight. Join me in celebrating this gentle and bright light; Jessica Prusak. Jessica's been with us since June of 2020, from the beginning of her journey she's been extremely dedicated to the time she spends in practice. It's a joy to have her in our community and to watch her blossom both on and off her mat.

            

What does HARVEST mean to you?

HARVEST is a cozy little yoga studio that feels like home and a place where I belong. It’s a place to grow and to connect and be my authentic self in a comfortable setting. For years I thought Cuyahoga Falls needed a yoga studio and I was so happy when it opened because it’s so close to home. It’s a special part of Downtown Cuyahoga Falls that had been missing for a long time.

 

How did you start your yoga journey?

 

I started my yoga journey approximately nineteen years ago. I majored in Dance at the University of Akron, after I graduated, I started to practice yoga. I feel in love with yoga, and I was so close to going through yoga teacher training at the time, but life happened and my commitment to yoga fell by the wayside. I continued to practice yoga going to classes here and there but not on a regular basis. In the Summer of 2020 after the pandemic shutdown, Reverie was having on Instagram/Facebook giveaway for an Unlimited Outdoor yoga pass at Harvest and I won! I was so excited, I used to the opportunity to start practicing yoga on a more regular basis. I’ve been coming to HARVEST ever since and I finally start BAVI Harvest Yoga Teacher training this month!

 

 

What does yoga mean to you?

Yoga and HARVEST has meant so much to me these past few years with the pandemic. It’s allowed me to find my soul and find my true self again-something that I had lost with the hustle and bustle of everyday life pre pandemic. It has allowed me to look at different aspects of my life through a different lens and has motivated me to step outside my comfort zone and try new/adventurous things.

 

How do you fit yoga into your everyday life?

I worked two jobs on days/evenings that I’m not working you can usually find me at Harvest in a yoga class. On other days I try to create some Zen in my life by remembering to yoga breath, being more mindful, and trying to incorporate yoga philosophies especially the Yamas and Niyamas into everyday life.

 

 

What advice would you share with yogis just starting out?

The practice of yoga can be intimidating at first. Start out with a beginner’s class or workshop until you gain confidence. Classes especially at Harvest are a judgement free zone. No one cares if you can’t do a downward dog or a certain pose correctly. Just show up as you are and don’t give up after your first class. There are many styles of yoga, you’re sure to find a style/practice that fits your need. Yoga is for everybody!

 

If you were a yoga pose, which one would you be?

I would be Dancer (Natarajasana) pose. I’ve always loved this pose. It requires strength, balance, patience, focus and persistence.

 

What is something interesting about yourself you would like to share with everyone?

I have two cats name Lily and Gary. Lily is a tuxedo cat and is 1 ½ and Gary is a buff/tan cat and is 3 ½. Both are rescues and bring me so much joy. I love wine, especially Ohio wines. I enjoy checking out local wineries with my family. I’m also looking forward to warmer weather so I can get out on my stand up paddle board which is one the my new hobbies that I picked up during the pandemic.