November Yoga Story: Liz Pappas
We love our yoga community! Here’s how one of our members, Liz found and built her practice. Be sure to say hello when you see her around the studio!
1. What first brought you to yoga?
My first yoga class memory was when I was pregnant with my older daughter 17 years ago. I remember telling my feet thank you for all the work you do for me (and her). Fast forward 15 years and my daughter bought me a Pilgrimage of the Heart 2-week pass for a Christmas gift! I found my second home and extended family just down the street from where we live.
2. What do you love most about yoga?
I love the Pilgrimage community and substantive, meaningful connections with my friends who are like sisters to me. I love how yoga helps me build mindfulness, nurture compassion, create health and balance physically, emotionally and mentally.
I ADORE all of the yoga teachers at Pilgrimage and I take their teachings off the mat more and more each day. Special thanks to Courtney’s loving and playful spirit and for making my daughter feel like a goddess. To Lena for infusing so many meaningful readings into her thoughtfully designed classes and for the amazing retreat experiences. To Heather for her holistic, balanced approach. To Meghan for her choice of words and acceptance.
3. What is your favorite pose and why?
When class starts and I put my hands to my heart and breathe deep, I feel like time doesn’t exist and a great sense of peace. Of course, I have tons of gratitude for the magic of a long savasana.
4. What do you do to stay inspired or motivated in your own practice?
Because I work full time, travel and nurture my two teen daughters, I plan yoga for any open space I find in my day/evening. I love seeing “YOGA” on my calendar! I also keep a mat next to my bed and pause for Cat/Cow and child’s pose quite a bit in a day. Yoga has absolutely improved my quality of life.
5. Anything else you would like to share?
Thank you for creating a space where I always feel welcome and engaged in deliberate practice to promote inner and outer peace.