Community Spotlight: Karma Peep of the Month

It’s been a pleasure for us to work alongside Maureen Kenny, in addition to watching her practice flourish and bring joy and light to her life. ‘Mo’ has shared her practice with us since the start of 2017 and participated in Breathe’s 200-hour Teacher Training last year. She’s been a tremendous addition to our staff, serving the karma crew with humbleness and care. We’re so glad to know her, and now we know a bit more…

HOW DID YOU START PRACTICING AT BREATHE?

Before I walked through the doors of Breathe, I heard many favorable comments about the level of instruction and care others have experienced during yoga practice at this establishment. Already being a member at a local gym that offered the practice and having about a year of Hot House Yoga behind me I felt no need to do more. As life would have it, I had to take time for self because of a health scare. When I felt physically ready to move my body again, I decided to see for myself what is so special about Breathe Yoga Studio. All of what I was told proved to be true. Not only was this a challenging improvement to my physical being but it also rocked my mental and emotional outlook in a good way.

WHAT WAS IT ABOUT BREATHE THAT MADE YOU WANT TO JOIN THE KARMA CREW?

I had been a member for about six months or so and experienced firsthand the professional manner and level of community responsibility. Breathe Yoga Studio has paved the way for this community. From what I witnessed Gil & Meaghan gave from and for their love of this life healing living philosophy. I also admired the varied teaching talents of all the instructors I was blessed to spend time on the mat with here. They each came from a place of genuine care and inspiration with respect for each other’s individual exploration in sharing the practice. This appealed to me. Becoming a karma peep was easy. I like the title, it made me smile and the barter system always appealed as a good energy exchange. Having more time than money, it was a dream come true.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE YOGA POSE, LEAST FAVORITE and WHY?

I used to always joke Corpse Pose (Savasana) was my favorite but after actually developing a practice I think it is Legs Up the Wall, (Viparita Karani), The reason being it’s my go to whenever I need a quick time out. I enjoy the instant rush I get from having legs higher than my heart. Having my whole torso, head and arms comfortably supported by the surface below me, legs resting against the wall with souls of feet to the sky brings me to a mindset of total nurturing. I enjoy a whole new outlook, of my being taking up space.

Least favorite at this time is Warrior Two (Virabhadrasana-B). There is just to many postural foundations going on at the same time for me to feel into it. Sometimes I get a sense of the lower body grounding down for balance and stability but having to raise the arms out in opposite direction while keeping the shoulders down and keep the torso straight center challenges me. I suppose I get hung up on this asana because I know it is the bases for a lot of others.

IN WHAT WAY DOES YOUR YOGA PRACTICE MOST IMPACT YOUR DAILY LIFE?

Practicing Yoga has inspired me to live life rather than let life live me. Everything is always in a state of flux but we have the power within to support and guide self. I believe the biggest take away is that I have gained knowledge, in learning to be ok with the uncomfortable, the challenge, whatever that may be. At any moment choice is only a breathe away.

FUN FACT

I recently joined a running club for beginners. It’s a ten-week training commitment to run a 5K in November. This too, I was inspired by its name, Sunny Skies Ahead Run Club.

SOMETHING ABOUT PEEPING AT BREATHE

On an energetic level I feel I am getting the best benefits of this exchange. Sure, I am doing a service but the experience and confidence I have gained and will continue to grow from for doing the practice of Yoga, it has been life affirming. Of this I AM sure.

Thank you Mo.

namaste