Monica Moon Charbonneau

 Viparita Karani

Viparita Karani

Don’t tell her this, but we kinda always pretend that Monica is our super cool sister that always watches out for us and tells us that we’re doing a good job at life ;) She just has that rare combination of compassion and grace that puts everyone at ease.

Monica always brings her heart to her mat, and has the warmest, most amazing smile for us when she walks in the door. It’s hard to imagine the studio without her, and we feel so grateful to have her as part of our Yoga Vie family.

We sat down with Monica to chat about the affect yoga has had on her life. Here is what she had to say:

How would you describe yourself as a yogi?: 

A work in progress and an act of discovery.

How did you find yoga? What was the inspiration?: 

I was introduced to Yoga when I was younger, and returned to it after dancing most of my life to keep my body flexible and in shape. Yoga helps me to remain humble and helps me to pause and be in the moment.

Describe an interesting fact about yourself: 

I have been to 4 continents. I married my High School sweetheart.

 Goddess

Goddess

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

Goddess Pose (Utkata Konasana). Such a powerful and grounding pose.

What is your FAVORITE yoga pose? Why?: 

Legs up the wall (Viparita Karani). It has helped relieve my stress and anxiety. Since I sit most of the day at work, my co-workers have often found me in this pose to relieve my lower back pain.

How does your practice fit into your everyday life?: 

Breath. Remembering that my breath is always there for me, I just have to remember to come back to it. My breath is there for me while on my mat in a difficult pose and is there for me in those difficult moments in life.

 Marichyasana C

Marichyasana C

What's your favorite aspect of Yoga Vie?: 

The community. When you walk in the studio, the teachers and fellow students greet you with such warmth and care. All your troubles melt away. The teachers help guide you to your best self.

What advice would you offer to a yoga novice?: 

Give it a try. You never know what yoga will provide you. It could be your escape and your 'me' time. Or it could help you discover things about yourself and help you through a stage in your life. The possibilities are endless. My journey of discovery is just beginning.