December 2015 - Missy Reed (pictured with her husband, Crenshaw)

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

In 2012 a friend gave me a gift certificate to a yoga practice in Roanoke as a birthday gift. Loved it at first practice!

What is/are your intention(s) for your yoga practice?

My intentions are to continue to learn as I explore physical strength, inner strength, muscles I didn't know I had, calmness and peace in the practice!

What is your favorite pose and why?

Side Plank ‘cause I can actually do it now! Pigeon really stretches very tight places! Child’s Pose - toasted!!

What is your favorite class at InsideOut Yoga?

Steady Flow is a great challenge. I love Power Flow when I can make the class. Toasted!!

How has the practice of yoga influenced your life?

There are two phrases I seem to carry with me: 1) No judgment – of myself during practice and at other times. (Discernment and judgment are two different mindsets.) 2) Be in the moment – reminds me to enjoy whatever is happening at that moment.

What advice would you have for a beginning yoga student?

Be kind to yourself. Enjoy the practice. The benefits are worth your time and effort!

What is your occupation?

I'm a retired science teacher. Currently reinventing myself!

What activities do you enjoy?

I enjoy outdoor activities, dog agility, gardening, crafts, cooking, and thrift store shopping! I guess that's one reason I enjoy volunteering at the Animal Welfare League of the Northern Neck shop!

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

I'm enjoying learning about all this area has to offer. It's like living in an artist community! I love the salt water aquaculture! I grew up with salt water as my backyard, so this is like coming home. My husband, Crenshaw, and I are the third generation to live in our home. We share our residence with two shelties, Tess and Jazz. Our home is open to many visitors! Our last family gathering included eight people and eight canines!

Is there anything you want to add?

I so appreciate Norma Jean Edwards inviting me to my first InsideOut Yoga practice.