Chances are, if you've taken a class or two at Yoga Vie in the past year and a half, you've practiced next to Peg. Her dedication to showing up on her mat, day after day, is truly inspiring. Her eagerness to learn and grow in her practice reminds us that we are always students, as there is always more to learn -often about ourselves as much as yoga. Peg's sunny disposition lights up the studio when she walks in, and her authentic and humble nature remind us of what it is to be a yogi (check out her Summer Challenge intention)! We are so fortunate to have her as part of our Yoga Vie community.
We recently sat down with Peg to chat about her yoga journey, and the role yoga plays in her life. Here is what she had to say:
How would you describe yourself as a yogi?:
The adjectives I would use to describe myself as a yogi include enthusiastic, novitiate, humbled (particularly by my own physical limitations) and fortunate.
How did you find yoga? What was the inspiration?:
I found yoga back in the early '90s when Walnut Pier offered classes. I think yoga was a bit of a fad back then, the way tennis was in the 70s and 80s. I gave it a try and was challenged by what appeared to be simple poses. If I could grapevine in an exercise class, why was Virabhadrasana III toppling me? Ultimately the peace of śavāsana crept in and I became an incipient practitioner.
Describe an interesting fact about yourself:
A curious fact about myself is that I am a ham radio operator who often checks in on four Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) networks each week. In the past two years, I've learned how make an antenna and troubleshoot an unresponsive radio (sometimes it might be easier to simply shoot the radio than to troubleshoot it).
If you were a yoga pose, which one would you be?:
If I were a yoga pose, I suppose I'd be sirsasana because Mortal Me likes to energetically rest and also, sometimes the best way to make sense of the world is to look at it upside down.
What is your FAVORITE yoga pose? Why?:
My most recent favorite yoga pose is utthita trikonāsana because I finally feel like I'm finally getting the hang of it.
How does your practice fit into your everyday life?:
In my everyday life, meditation and mat practice have been calming. When I don't meet personal expectations, I hear the voices of many instructors saying, "Just observe, no judgement." Adopting that kind of thinking has helped me look more kindly at myself and others and give up the desire to judge (most of the time).
What's your favorite aspect of Yoga Vie?:
My favorite aspect of Yoga Vie is knowing I am going to a safe, clean, friendly place where my mind and body can get to know each other better ... as well as feeling a fine sense of comradarie with instructors and other students.
What advice would you offer to a yoga novice?:
The advice I would offer a yoga novice is that if you give yourself time and if you have patience, it is highly likely that you will find calmness in your mind and strength in your body that you didn't know you could achieve.