April Yoga Story: Julie Kendig
Our yoga community and Sangha is full of passionate yoga students like Julie who shared her sweet story with us this month. Here’s what she had to say.
What first brought you to yoga?
I started practicing yoga exactly 20 years ago. I was studying abroad in the U.K., and another American student lived just down the hall from me in the dormitory. She and I became fast friends, and one Saturday afternoon she asked me if I had ever practiced yoga. She brought a cassette tape of a yoga instructor, and we played the tape in my room and followed along. I remember feeling both thrilled and confused by the practice. It was such a wonderful feeling to connect with my body in ways I hadn’t before, yet it was a challenge to get my body to understand the verbal cues and build muscle memory. I am so glad my dear friend, Alise McClusky from Philadelphia, introduced me to this way of life so many years ago.
What do you love most about yoga?
I love that there is always something new to discover. Even after 20 years, I am still being introduced to muscles and tissue fibers that I haven’t met before. I have new mind-body awakenings and conversations with the wonderful cosmos of my being happening every time I am on the mat.
What is your favorite pose and why?
Dancer’s pose (Natarajanasa). In this pose, I feel my happiest self. My soul sings its most authentic expression when I am in Natarajanasa.
What do you do to stay inspired or motivated in your practice?
The simple goodness of yoga keeps me inspired. I feel good when I do it, so I continue.
Feel free to share anything else if you like.
I am grateful for Pilgrimage of the Heart. I began coming to this studio six years ago when I moved to North Park after going through a difficult life change. I was delighted that the most affordable studio in town–a key factor since I work in the non-profit arts sector–was also the most caring, egoless studio I found. I have developed life-long friendships and benefitted greatly from the healing teachers at Pilgrimage.