November 2014 - Julie Perkins

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

My ears pricked up the first time I heard the word yoga.  There was something immediately intriguing about it.  I happened upon Lilias Folan, "the Julia Child of Yoga", on PBS.  She introduced me to the basics.  Around 2000, yoga was mentioned more and more in conversation.  I was attracted to the poise, elongated bodies and grace I saw in the people who practiced.  I bought a Baron Baptiste DVD and learned to love yoga.  Facing my fear of exercising in public, I went to Susan's Power Flow class and was wholly captivated.

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

I seek the strength and calm the practice brings.  Sometimes, I want to see where the practice will take me.  Often, I aim not to fall down.

What is your favorite pose and why?

I'm a fan of spine and chest openers like Ustrasana (Camel), Dhanurasana (Bow) and Bird of Paradise for the exhilarating, invigorating feeling.

What is your favorite class at InsideOut Yoga?

I like Power Flow class.  Some days I'm nervous, anticipating the challenge.  For me, that is part of the beauty of yoga.  It teaches me breath by breath, here and now, through each moment, anxiety falls aside.

How has the practice of yoga influenced your life?

At times, I've felt at odds within my own skin, restless, worried, set on warp speed. Much of the serenity I feel today is because of yoga.  Yoga has introduced me to new, inspiring people.  It has presented a non-aggressive force.  Yoga has given me an awareness and desire to better my health, to relax and enjoy life.  I have a deeper sense of gratitude and that is a wondrous place to be.

What advice would you have for a beginning yoga student?

Concentrate on breathing.  The breath has been the subtle, magic key that opened so much more.

What is your occupation?

I studied Graphic Design in college and have worked in various related jobs in advertising, at Hallmark Cards, and at an art museum.  I stayed at home with my two children as they wiggled and grew.  

What activities do you enjoy?

We moved to the country with the wish to make a garden.  It has been a sixteen year love affair, including heartbreaks, tending it and watching it grow.  Planting a tree or starting flowers from seed is a joy and a thrill.  I love reading fiction, dinner parties, laughing with friends, painting and considering art.

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

The stars, the birds, finding blackberries on a walk, meeting a tortoise making his way across my garden, the delight of meeting the interesting and genuinely kind souls that call this home, too.

Is there anything you want to add?

"Never underestimate the power of inner peace." - Yogawoman  

Thanks, Susan, for all your effort and sublime guidance!