YOGIS OF THE MONTH
November 2016 - Vickie and Norm Grimm
What first brought you to yoga and how long have you been practicing?
Vickie: I began dabbling in yoga about five years ago while searching for a disciplined approach to stretching. I was already weight-training and practicing Pilates but was looking for something more. Serious yoga practice began for me after discovering InsideOut Yoga this past February.
Norm: Vickie brought me to yoga about seven months ago. She explained how it would help improve my balance and flexibility.
What is/are your intention(s) for your yoga practice?
Norm: To remain as youthful as I can for as long as I can.
Vickie: Twofold... First, to increase flexibility, stability, and core strength. Second, to reconnect with the still small voice inside of me that drifted away years ago due to a high-stress career.
What is your favorite pose and why?
Vickie: Without hesitation, pigeon pose is my favorite. I'm able to deeply sink into the stretch and get a wonderful sense of relaxation that’s harder for me to find in other poses.
Norm: Corpse Pose!!! I use this time to reflect on the current class, things that transpired since the last class, and how I am going to interact with the world until the next class.
What is your favorite class at InsideOut Yoga?
Vickie: Currently Slow Flow is my favorite class. It pushes me to explore new positions and discover my capabilities. I still need to sort out transitions between poses and Slow Flow moves at a pace where I can do that.
Norm: I've attended Basics and Slow Flow. From my perspective, I see them as interchangeable (since I'm still learning). Slow Flow allows me to enjoy the movement which connects the basics.
How has the practice of yoga influenced your life?
Norm: I can put on my socks without sitting down.
Vickie: I'm learning how to slow down, pace myself, and regroup my thoughts through deliberate breathing and focusing inward on who I am and where I want my future to take me.
What advice would you have for a beginning yoga student?
Vickie: Approach yoga thoughtfully. Don't compete or compare yourself with others in the class. Focus on your own personal efforts and everything else becomes peripheral.
Norm: If you are going to use yoga as a competition ... compete ONLY with yourself.
What is your occupation?
Vickie: I'm retired now but in my previous life I had a fun, fast-paced career in computers at a large data center.
What activities do you enjoy?
Vickie: My favorites are boating/kayaking, hiking/biking, camping, and antiquing at auctions/estate sales.
Norm: Boating, kayaking, camping, hiking, crabbing, fishing (attempt to), shooting, remodeling our home.
What is your favorite thing about living in the Northern Neck/Middle Peninsula?
Norm: Its sense of community.
Vickie: I was born and raised outside of Gettysburg, PA. I grew up with a strong feeling of security and community. I find that same sense of closeness and acceptance here.
Is there anything you want to add?
Norm: Breathing ... breathing is nice. I used to be a heavy smoker. I started when I was 12 years old. My family helped me quit just before I reached 50. If there's any knowledge that I can pass on to smokers; it is: QUIT while you can still recover.
Vickie: I want to thank Susan for taking me on a new journey of physical strength and self-awareness. She's an amazing teacher. I look forward growing in my yoga practice with her.