If you've been to the studio anytime in the last couple years, chances are you've practiced next to Ted or Heather Lowes. They have been staples at Yoga Vie, often attending class together, and their presence in the studio is both inspiring and heart warming. 

We recently sat down with Heather and Ted to chat about their yoga journey, and the role yoga plays in their lives. Here is what they had to say:

How would you describe yourself as a yogi?

It is fair to say that we are evolving and we think flourishing yogis. At the moment, we are moderately dedicated which is dictated by our busy work and commuting schedules but we are progressing with our home practices! We are always open to new challenges and attending workshops to accelerate our advancement realizing that some days seem better than others.

How did you find yoga? What was the inspiration?

Heather first found yoga at the age of about 10 while browsing in the local city library in our remote small hometown. She tried a few poses, like wheel, but without any local support, returned the book. Exercise has always been a part of our lives with gym and running our dogs but something was missing. Upper and lower back tightness pointed us to needing to incorporate stretching in our routines so yoga came back into Heather's mind. Committing to a beginner series with Virginia confirmed our suspicion and lit a small fire in us.

Describe an interesting fact about yourself. The wackier the better!

Heather & Ted: We have known each other since we were 12 years old - We won't tell our age now but let's say that is quite a few decades! We grew up one street over from each other, meeting through our brothers who were best friends as they grew up. We have been together ever since.

Ted: I have a former co-worker and friend who is a Nobel Laureate Prize Winner in Physics.

If you were a yoga pose, which one would you be?

Heather: Vrksasana (Tree pose). I like to be grounded but am willing to move with the "winds" and changes that occur in life.

Ted: Pincha Mayurasana (Peacock pose). It invokes strength, balance, focus and commitment while also seeming to be ready to take off towards new challenges.

What is your FAVORITE yoga pose? Why?

Heather: Sirsasana (Head stand). I love how I feel in head stand working against gravity, keeping balance and engaging my core. For me this posture is a work in progress but as Joy teaches, I try to remind myself to enjoy the journey and not to focus on the final expression.

Ted: Tadasana (Mountain pose). I chose this because I can really engage every muscle in attempt to attain perfect posture and work on balance and breathe simultaneously.

How does your practice fit into your everyday life?

Heather: My practice is a work in progress but some level of practice occurs daily. On work days I commit to getting up earlier than I need to to get 15-20 minutes of yoga in. This helps me focus on my breathing and sets my mind for the day. Also,while at work as an RN in the NICU at Cottage, breathing helps me to stay calm in crazy situations which happens often. My knowledge about controlling breath gained from my yoga practice helps me be a better nurse.

Ted: Unlike Heather, my everyday practice is more of a some days practice. I have good intentions but not the best follow through. I do use my yoga training daily however managing a high-tech R&D group with all of its demands and personalities. I focus on breath and being in the moment.

What's your favorite aspect of Yoga Vie?

Yoga Vie provides a refuge from the outside. It is welcoming, nonjudgmental, people are accepting and friendly. The extra workshops and events are always something we look forward to.

What advice would you offer to a yoga novice?

Enjoy the journey, be patient, accept where you are - its an evolutionary process and there is always something new to learn. We really value the beginner series as it provided a good knowledge foundation and necessary confidence to take any class offered at this studio and other studios we encounter while traveling outside our Yoga Vie home.