Yoga Story – Cassandra
What first brought you to yoga?
After practicing sporadically since 2008, I found myself at Pilgrimage at the beginning of 2012. Thinking about it, honestly- I was called there. Many synchronistic occurrences took place, signs that kept presenting themselves, the universe gently but firmly guiding me to the studio. I was looking for something that would release the tension I felt in my chest- the kind of feeling you get that a deep breath might relieve. It turns out what I needed was found deep within AND I had found a beautiful community to be a part of.
What do you love most about yoga?
I love how personal yoga is, and how deeply rooted it is. Truly, I love the history of people, places, and practices. I love that yoga has taught me to see other people, slow my judgments, embrace the flow of my life, and accept that every day and every (body) is different.
What is your favorite pose and why?
Hah! Alyssa teaches this thing she calls ‘Dancing Around the Moon’. Just thinking of it makes me shudder a little. But it was regular attendance to her Saturday class and seething through the series of postures every single time she taught them that brought me to love Ardha Chandrasana, Half Moon Pose. Sometimes I nail it, and sometimes I fall out, but it’s a constant reminder of what I’ve moved through to get to this point in my practice; to accept and love myself for being where I am in THIS moment.
What do you do to stay inspired or motivated in your own practice?
I read, a lot. I ask questions. I embrace my community. Chatting with people I’ve grown close to at the studio inspires me every single time. We are so lucky to be surrounded by a group of individuals who seek their own truth and motivate you to find your own.
Feel free to share anything else if you like.
Thank you, thank you. Namaste!