April 2016 - Mary Beth Fox

What first brought you to yoga and how long have you been practicing?

I started practicing yoga 12 years ago. I was encouraged by a friend and tried it, mostly out of curiosity. I was immediately taken with the aspects of the breath. It reminded me of how I learned to breath through the birth of my children. Realizing that there was more to yoga than poses I found myself wanting to learn more.

What are your intentions for your yoga practice?

My overall intention for my practice is to be more mindful, on and off the mat. 

What is your favorite pose and why?

I have a few favorites. I like Tortoise, because I can do it! But I really like Happy Baby and Dead Bug. These are very comfortable poses that allow for space in my lower back. 

What is your favorite class at InsideOut Yoga?

I like Slow Flow. It has the best pace for my practice right now. It is challenging but not overly so. I always feel good after this class.

How has the practice of yoga influenced your life? 

I believe that yoga has made me physically stronger, more flexible and generally more aware of my body. It has also allowed me to feel a greater sense of calm.

What advice would you have for a beginning yoga student?

I would tell any newcomer to dismiss any previous ideas of what yoga is. It is an ever evolving work in progress. 

What is your occupation? 

I indulge my love of animals by caring for other peoples pets. 

What activities do you enjoy?

I enjoy cycling, swimming, kayaking/canoeing and spending time with my family and pets. My husband Daniel and I are renovating a 104 year old farmhouse in White Stone. It sits on 8 acres of lush soil that was once a dairy farm. We hope to grow hops eventually. 

What is your favorite thing about living in the Northern Neck?

The lack of traffic and the abundance of stars in the night sky.

 Is there anything you would like to add?

Thank you for asking me to be the yogi of the month!