Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 40, Ed. 1 Friday, February 17, 2012 Page: 27 of 56
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I yoga for the first time can be an intimidating experience. But that misses
oint of this ancient practice that combines stretching, breath... and peace
JEFTINGLEY | Contributing Writer
ome do it for their mind, some do it for
their body, some do it for both. But all yoga
students have one tiling in common: Mak-
1 first step and taking up the practice. And
his age-old combination of stretching and
fg is meant to calm the mind and
hen the muscles, a maiden voyage into a
or-lifting position like downward-facing
a room full of strangers can send one's
. ..... „■ .acing. But that doesn't have to be the
"People new to yoga should remember that
everyone in class was a beginner at one point,"
says Petri Brill, manager of YogaSport Dallas on
Lemmon Avenue. "Yoga is a journey, not a des-
tination. There is no perfect practice: or perfect
yogi or perfect yoga body. I think people worry
about they'll look [or] feel foolish in their first
dowri-dog [and] that they'll be judged. Our
[yoga] community is diverse, encouraging and
accepting: no judgment here!"
Mary Pierce Armstrong, who teaches at
MarYoga, agrees that you should always look
inward. "Yoga will come to meet you no matter
where you are starting from. As long as you
take the breath and the breaks you need, you
will be doing awesome."
For Wendy Moore, a 44-year-old yoga new-
bie, has taken these Words of wisdom to the mat
— literally. Moore recently completed her sec-
ond MarYoga class as part of her new year
regime. Any inhibitions she had about the expe-
rience Were dispelled during her first visit.
"[I was] concerned about my general lack of
bendy-neSs, and not knowing where to put
what arm and leg," she says, "but if you look
around you will figure out where your limbs are
supposed to be by what others are doing."
Moore has continued to work on poses between
classes with some slight variations mimicked by
"what her cats are able to do."
Keith Murray a 37-year-old registered nurse,
tried yoga for the first time more than eight
years ago and was immediately hooked. He
was taking classes three times a week before
long. "I was a little intimidated about the whole:
thing at first," he says, "but after my first couple
of sessions my intimidation grew into excite-
Abusy work schedule has kept Murray from
his regular routine over the years, but he is try-
ing to change that. "I still maintain a crazy life
and work routine, but building yoga back into
my life has really helped me to find balance
According to yoga teacher Jennifer Lawson of
SYNC Yoga & Wellbeing, it's not just busy
schedules and bundled nerves that keep people
from the practice of yoga; it's also our cultural
fixation on success. "There tends to be so much
emphasis on achievement and perfection that
many of us are becoming accustomed to play-
ing it safe in order to avoid the possibility of
Lawson recommends coming together as a
group in a class with experienced and inexperi-
enced yogis to create an environment that em-
phasizes the experience and process of yoga
and not the destination or end result.
For Anisha Mandol, a 42-year-old business
development manager who has been practicing
yoga for about two years, these: words ring true.
"Once you understand your expectation from
practicing, no one else& matters. The benefits of
yoga are fluid and dynamic, and each person
has their own unique experience. Own yours,"
And so it would seem that just as the journey
of a million miles begins with one step, the jour-
ney toward a yoga-filled life begins with a sin-
gle stretch on the matt (and maybe a little
Namaste for good measure).
SAY NAMASTE: WHERE TO GETYOURYOGA FIX
Options are plentiful for the budding yogi looking for a class. Get your stretch on at these studios in and around the gayborhood.
You can also find information on their class offerings and schedules on their websites.
Yoga Sport Dallas
4140 Lemmon Ave, Suite 280
SYNC Yoga & Wellbeing
611 N. Bishop Ave.
MarYoga at Chi Studio
807 Fletcher St.
2907 Routh St. (and other locations)
Gaia FlowYoga Uptown
3000 Blackburn St., Suite 140B
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