Yogi of the Month: Kathy Naylor
How long have you been practicing?
I begin approximately 5 years ago.
How did you find your way onto your mat?
Five years ago several friends started going to classes, and I decided to join them. I liked it, but found it hard to focus and breathe. I stuck with it, and within 6 to 8 months I began to settle in -calming my mind, feeling more relaxed and getting stronger. I practiced Hatha Yoga only for the next 2 years then needed something more. I tried a Vinyasa flow class, which was more challenging but so glad I did, I love it!
How often do you practice?
I practice at least 2 to 3 times a week, would love to practice more.
What is your favorite posture?
I love supportive legs up pose, I could stay there forever! Then of course the final resting pose gives me such a happy feeling that I made my way to my mat again...
What have you learned on your yogic journey?
My yoga practice has given me a better understanding of myself and others. It's allowed me to overcome difficult situations while just being on my mat and letting go of what no longer serves me...Focusing on being in the moment and how good that feels.
What advice would you share with someone who is new to yoga?
Don't give up; be patient with yourself, it's not all about the postures and flexibility. Have fun in your practice. It's just yoga.
What benefits have you received from practicing yoga?
I've become more patient, focused and calmer with myself and others. The strength, flexibility and balance gained in my practice are amazing. Three years ago while at my yearly physical I discovered I gained a half inch in height and it's because of yoga. In fact, my doctor was quite surprised given my age at the time (60) when most people start shrinking. I feel great during and after every yoga practice, it's all good.
What's your favorite thing about practicing at Mantra Yoga?
I love all of the instructors; I take away something different from each one every time I attend class. The class times and variety of classes fits perfectly in my daily schedule. I always recommend Mantra Yoga studio to anyone looking to practice!