YOGI OF THE MONTH
June 2018 - Kaz Kazenske
What first brought you to yoga and how long have you been practicing?
My wife, Cherie! Also, the reading of a health article on the importance of maintaining core strength and balance. I am a newbie – I have been practicing for about 1 year and really liked doing the January plank challenge.
What is/are your intention(s) for your yoga practice?
To not let my core strength and balance diminish – as with most issues we face in life, maintaining is always more effective than rebuilding.
What is your favorite pose and why?
I love the 3 minute, forearm plank. I can feel my core being strengthened each time I do this pose.
What is your favorite class at InsideOut Yoga?
Slow Flow. Susan’s class is a great workout. My whole body just feels great after her class.
How has the practice of yoga influenced your life?
With all the complex, and many negative, issues we face and hear every day, yoga refocuses on the beauty of life and how wonderful it is to live in such a peaceful, beautiful place in the world.
What advice would you have for a beginning yoga student?
Focus on yourself and your own inner goals – be positive and feel good about those little gains. Not many people can run a marathon or bicycle a century the very first time they go out – the same is true of yoga.
What is your occupation?
Enjoying a retired life. My working career was in the field of intellectual property with a focus on patent law.
What activities do you enjoy?
Of course, yoga! But I also like bicycling (an activity I’ve loved for more than 30 years), golf, and gardening (I enjoy both aesthetically and structurally – as taken from English gardener, Penelope Hobhouse, “In the middle of my garden, I have built a structure for living”)
What is your favorite thing about living in the Northern Neck or Middle Peninsula?
Living directly on the Chesapeake Bay and the tranquility thereof. A perfect morning is starting with a cup of coffee, seeing the sun rise over the endless water horizon, and watching the work boats heading out for their workday on the Bay.
Is there anything you want to add?
I look forward to Susan’s class every Friday – a great way to start one’s day.