YOGA 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.

  

 

 

July Community Spotlight

 

You may have seen Jessica around the studio, she's been practicing with us since January of 2020. Jessica often keeps to herself while at the studio, but always brings a big smile and a kind heart with her. She's extremely dedicated to her yoga on and off the mat. Really digging into a deeper level of her practice this year, Jessica signed up for 200hr YTT. We can't wait to see her take on this new role of teacher one day. It's been a joy watching her grow as a yogi and as a human.

 

 

What does HARVEST mean to you?

HARVEST Yoga + Wellness is a place where I am able to look within myself. It is a safe place for me to be 100% myself and feel the support of those around me. HARVEST is where I gather pieces of myself to form a well rounded meal for my mind, body and soul. This place means to me more than I can quite put into words. I am so grateful and blessed to be a part of HARVEST! 

 

How did you start your yoga journey?

My yoga journey started as a means for exercise outside of weight lifting. I didn't have the best relationship with movement, as I would use it to make up for my food intake for that day. This led to me only doing power classes or hot yoga for as long as I can remember. I began listening to the instructor's words about not pushing yourself past your limits and listening to your body, which I began doing. Then when I started coming to HARVEST, I discovered the magic of Yin Yoga. Now Yin is the highlight of my day. Getting into the depths of my fascia has been so freeing both mentally and physically.

 

What does yoga mean to you?

Yoga to me means freedom. Freedom in my body, my surroundings and my relationships. Freedom to be who I am and trust my body without attachment to a certain outcome. Yes, I have yoga goals but I do not rush them anymore, nor am I hard on myself when I don’t get there. Yoga to me is a chance to be with myself and listen to what my body, mind and soul are telling me that day. I love yoga!

 

How do you fit yoga into your everyday life?

At least once a day I stop and breathe. Usually belly breathing but sometimes specific breathing exercises. As someone who struggles with anxiety and depression, this helps me stay level headed and ask myself why something may be bothering me or if what I am worrying about is serving my higher purpose. Also, I am enrolled in RYT-200 training so I have been receiving such a deeper understanding of yoga on a daily basis. I am so excited to give back what yoga has gifted me.

 

What advice would you share with yogis just starting out?

Unless you get lost in a sequence and need guidance, stop looking around. Stop comparing your practice to others. The only person that matters when you are on your mat is yourself and where you are at that day. When you are holding a pose, look within and note how that pose is making you feel. Listen to the instructor and what cues they are offering. Be there for you and absolutely no one else. Also, use the props! Props are my best friend now. They help me get deeper into poses and support me when trying something new.

 

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

If I were a pose I would probably be Supported Bridge. Not only is this my favorite restorative position, but it speaks to me metaphorically. Supported bridge begins by stabilizing myself with my feet and shoulders but reaches for the support of the block when I need it. If there is one thing I ring true in my life and recovery, it is that I have everything I need within myself, but there is nothing wrong with wanting something to lean on. Maybe I made this way too metaphorical but I thought about it a lot. I am supported bridge, hear me roar!

 

What's one interesting fact about you, you would like to share with your community?

 

One interesting fact about me is I am over 11 months sober! 1 year on July 20th. Like many people, alcohol has been a means for escape and I didn’t want that to be the case anymore. So now here I am, more my authentic self than I have ever been, grateful for each day and constantly supported by the philosophical foundations I have learned in yoga.

All the best,
Jess L.

 

June Spotlight

We're very excited to announce Jaime Wiant as this month's student feature. 

 

Coming up on her one year HARVEST anniversary in just a few short weeks, this bright light has the purest of hearts and kindest of spirits. Jamie's totally dedicated to her practice both on and off the mat, practicing sometimes 5 days a week. Investing in herself, she even took part in our first 10 week yoga philosophy series "Beyond the Mat". It's been a joy watching her grow as a yogi and as a human. 

 

What does HARVEST mean to you?

 

HARVEST means more than just yoga. HARVEST has helped to provide me an escape and release from the stress of life, a place to come practice yoga, expand my mind, soul and spirit... oh and become part of this amazing community. 

 

How did you start your yoga journey?

 

I used to drive past Harvest and think I wonder what that's all about. COVID (ugh I know) hit and I needed to get out of the house. Harvest popped in my head, I found the Instagram page, followed and found Yoga on the Patio. The rest, my friends, is history.

 

does yoga mean to you?

 

I could write a book, but I won't. haha. Yoga has taught me (and continues to) how to tune back in with my mind, body and spirit. I lost it along the way and yoga forces me to get out of my head, per say, and back to who I was. It challenges me each day with new poses, improving on old ones, and showing me that I don't have to be super flexible or do handstands to be a yogi!

 

How do you fit yoga into your everyday life?

 

I come to class almost every  single day. I feel off if I don't. Also, after taking Robyn's Beyond the Mat class this early spring, I try to be more mindful of my actions, thoughts, and how I interact with the world. I do my best to remember the asanas, what they stand for, and how I can work to be a better me.

 

What advice would you share with yogis just starting out?

 

JUST DO IT!!!! Like Nike, and I promise you, you will not be disappointed. Do that crow pose, even if you "eat pavement", hold that warrior 2 a little longer... the accomplishment you will get from doing it will far surpass how tired you may feel.

 

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

 

I actually thought a long time about this!! Honestly, it depends on the day. In my power, I am crow, trying to balance and hold in place. In my peace, I am sphinx, holding strong, faced forward and at ease. In my in between times, I am mountain pose, standing tall, strong and ready for what's next.

 

One interesting fact about you, you would like to share with your community?

 

I have a fascination with Europe, especially Paris. I had a connection with the city, the people, the food and everything that is Paris, France. I hope to return one day to Paris. I even find myself reading pieces centered around France's history.