July Yoga Story: Jon Larkin
We love our students! Our yoga community and Sangha is full of dedicated yoga students like Jon who shared how he started practicing yoga with us this month. Here’s what he had to say.
What first brought you to yoga?
What first brought me to yoga was a suggestion from a friend to try Bikram. I went to a few classes, and it was fine, but I wasn’t crazy about it. Over a couple of years I would take a class here and there, and about a year and a half ago I decided to commit to my practice.
What do you love most about yoga?
It’s hard to decide what I love most about yoga. I love vinyasa flow because it demands my attention. It’s so easy to become distracted or have my mind wander, and vinyasa practice teaches me to turn inward and locate my breath and the moment. Linking breath to movement makes it hard to focus on anything else, and that’s a good thing for me. I also love the bonds I form with teachers and fellow students cause I always take the same classes every week.
What is your favorite pose and why?
It’s also hard to decide which pose is my favorite. I love arm balances and inversions, so I’ll say Pincha Mayurasana with Eka Pada Koundinyasana as a close second. Going upside down is such a great reset for my mind and my body. If I find myself obsessing over something, feeling frustrated or depressed, I’ve discovered that going upside down and inverting my body can be so beneficial. It’s so funny to me that I’m even saying this because the first time I ever tried to arm balance I fell down constantly and was so annoyed and decided that I was never going to try to arm balance again, and after a lot of practice it’s become my favorite part of yoga.
What do you do to stay inspired or motivated in your practice?
What keeps me motivated in my practice is both the progress I’ve seen myself make in my practice, as well as all the parts of yoga that I still want to learn.Yoga has taught me to see this as a journey and to live in the process rather than in what I have decided the result should be. Teachers like Jamie, Lena, Lauren M, Sarah B, and Lauren K keep me so inspired to continue to practice and improve.