May 2016 - Christine Potter

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

About two years ago, I saw the Breathe & Stretch class offered at the Y and thought it might help my hip pain. I loved the class and how we held the poses anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes using conscious breath work for maximum benefit. Soon after I began taking Basics at InsideOut Yoga and thought it was a great complement to Breathe & Stretch.

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

To become more comfortable with the Sanskrit names of the poses and to understand the nuances of alignment better so I can get the most benefit from each class.

What is your favorite pose and why?

I don’t have a favorite pose per se, but I love the Sun Salutations we’re learning in Basics as we link together movement and breath. I catch myself smiling when we do them.

What is your favorite class at InsideOut Yoga?

Breathe & Stretch because it helps so much with my hip, leg and back pain. I take it at the Y and at InsideOut Yoga.

How has the practice of yoga influenced your life?

I’m finding that I’m stronger, more flexible and in a lot less pain. I’m more mindful of my posture and also of stress. I’m getting better at letting go.

What advice would you have for a beginning yoga student?

Don’t give up because it seems too slow, too easy, or too hard (whichever applies to you). In time you’ll learn that it can be all of those things and so much more. Start with Basics – it’s so important to get it right.

What is your occupation?

Wife, mother, grandmother.

What activities do you enjoy?

My husband and I raise a garden (and he makes it bigger every year!), so we do a lot of canning and freezing. I enjoy trying new recipes, putting puzzles together, dancing, going to lunch with girlfriends and having a glass of wine on the deck with my husband.

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

The seasons.

Is there anything you want to add?

Thank you, Susan!! You are a fantastic instructor.