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April... When yoga at Val Vista Village goes on vacation. :) There were just two students in the last class today. At our height we had 29! Today, two students holding onto their love of yoga and Arizona, biding their time until they too head to cooler climates. It's been a fantastic season thanks to all of you and your interest in practicing yoga. I appreciate your willingness to show up, try some new things and continue to fit our classes into your very busy schedules. Our new facility proved to be worthy of our large classes and it was nice to have wide open windows letting in the Arizona sun adding light and energy to our practice.
Of course yoga has not gone on vacation! We all live our yoga every minute of every day and practice our physical postures as often as we like. I hope you will continue your practice with new teachers, on your own and with videos online as you travel and find your summer homes. Stay strong and keep the peace. I look forward to seeing all your smiling faces again next season. Always remember you're making a difference in the lives of those around you. YOU MATTER!
“Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes."
Meet Linda Marshall! New to Val Vista Village this year and a practicing yogini for many years. Linda quickly became a regular in our yoga classes and is now a proud member of our yoga tribe. Here are her answers to my Featured Student questions, where we learn more about our fellow yogis who brighten our path and make our journey joyful.
SJ: Where is your permanent home?
LM: My husband, Kerry and my dog, Tex the cockapoo are travelling full time in our RV for the next several years. We had a home for over 30 years in northern Virginia which we sold in the summer of 2014.
SJ: What prompted you to try yoga for the first time, and why do you keep practicing?
LM: What started me in yoga was to find a way to effectively deal with stress. I had a job with lots of pressure, a long commute, raising 2 sons and lost my mother and needed something to bring more calm and peace into my life.
SJ: How does yoga influence your life outside of classes?
LM: There are physical, mental and emotional aspects to yoga. Yoga clearly helps one’s body to stay strong and flexible. I can find equanimity, composure much more quickly in a stressful situation. And I can think more clearly when presented with a problem or challenge.
SJ: Name three things on your bucket list.
LM: To see my sons to be happy, self-sufficient good citizens ( and they are well on their way!), to travel with my husband to see this beautiful country, to remain healthy to do all the things I want to do.
SJ: What would your friends say you are most known for?
LM: I would think they would say I am a good listener, empathetic and loyal.
Thank you Linda for being my 'Featured Student' for this newsletter, and for being part of our yoga community at Val Vista Village. We'll look forward to hearing all about your summer travels when we see you again next fall. Your presence indeed makes a difference to us!
Send your answers to these questions to Susan@susanjarvie.com so I can feature you in my next newsletter.
Our teachers often use just the right words to inspire us on our mat, and in our lives. Here are some of my favorite quotes, thoughts and stories that inspire me to live my best life.