YOGI OF THE MONTH
January 2018 - Jen King
What first brought you to yoga and how long have you been practicing?
I first wanted to increase my range of motion and found out how much I enjoyed the quietness of the class and the stillness that I felt afterwards. I attended on and off for about five years with David Scarbrough until life got in the way.
What is/are your intention(s) for your yoga practice?
My intention is consistency; I aspire to make it a part of my day.
What is your favorite pose and why?
My favorite pose is a back twist (don’t really know the name). I find it relaxing.
What is your favorite class at InsideOut Yoga?
I enjoy the Breathe & Stretch class on Thursdays, especially the stretching part. I want to increase my abilities and attend the Slow Flow classes.
How has the practice of yoga influenced your life?
It has made me realize that stillness really does exist and that I need to work harder to achieve it.
What advice would you have for a beginning yoga student?
You can do more than you think you can. No one’s watching you in class! Just do it.
What is your occupation?
I am a member of the ICU Night Shift Team at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital in Gloucester.
What activities do you enjoy?
I enjoy being out in my garden; it is one of the ONLY things that I can do and be in the moment. I find that my garden provides me a sense of place. Reading provides me a reason to sit still. I also enjoy just watching the water on Antipoison Creek.
What is your favorite thing about living in the Northern Neck or Middle Peninsula?
There is a sense of community. I grew up in Pittsburgh and enjoy the slower pace of the Northern Neck.
Is there anything you want to add?
I try to always play to win and do things right from the beginning. I believe that it is not what we say to people who cross our paths, it is how we make them feel. A warm touch or just a simple smile goes a long way.
I have two Tonkinese Cats, Marley and Max, that share my home with me. My mother, Rose, 92, also resides with me.