Yoga Story – Kimberley

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October 2014_Kimberley Shulz
What first brought you to yoga?
My mom is a longtime practitioner of Viniyoga, but because of various circumstances and her own practice being deeply personal, it was never shared with me. I found yoga on my own in college at a free class offered in my dorm. I was hooked from there! It was not until I moved back home to Maui, Hawaii after I graduated from college that I started to develop a regular practice, however. I was in a very deep period of personal healing and found a studio near my workplace at just the right time. I was already pursuing a more spiritually open path, so finding a studio that supported me in this way while offering such a positive outlet when I was coming home to myself catalyzed finding my practice.

What do you love most about yoga?
What I love most about yoga is its capacity to heal. It has truly transformed my life, and aside from learning the concept of self-compassion recently (which yoga has significantly and unsurprisingly enhanced, as well), it’s the only thing that’s ever made sense to me. I have chronic pain and breathing and moving through it is often the only way I am able to find relief. For this in itself I am eternally grateful for the practice of yoga. On top of its pure and transformational power, on a simpler level I love its versatility, its yin and yang. Its potential to ignite, inspire, and energize but also calm, center, and ground. Yoga is something that isn’t just limited to the asanas practiced on the mat… yoga is a way of life! I feel fortunate to be able to weave its lessons in and throughout my own life.

What is your favorite pose and why?
I would have to say that upward facing dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana) is my favorite pose, in being a backbend and heart opener. Sun salutations always make me feel so alive and this is my favorite part of that sequence.

What do you do to stay inspired or motivated in your own practice?
To stay inspired, I keep going to class (or practicing at home if I can’t make it), even when I think I might not be in the mood. It never steers me wrong, and I always walk out feeling better than when I walked in. Routine is really helpful, but I like to try new classes or teachers when possible. I also make it a point meet new people at Pilgrimage. Meeting like-minded yogis inspires me to keep moving forward and soak up everything the practice offers!

Feel free to share anything else if you like.
Getting to know the amazing people who are a part of the Pilgrimage community really has been the biggest blessing and most beautiful part of finding the studio. I am happy to say that Pilgrimage has truly become a home away from home for me. When I moved to California I was looking for a studio where I would feel comfortable but inspired, welcomed but motivated, and Pilgrimage has offered me that and so much more. I am so grateful for everyone who is a part of it, and the organic spirit and energy each individual brings to the establishment (on and off the mat). Being a part of the studio has truly ignited my practice in more ways than can even be described. My soul is so happy here!

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