How do you find your balance? Reading a good book is one of my first loves. It takes me somewhere else—I get to experience other cultures, time periods and places. When I put the book down I have a refreshed perspective on my own life. I find I am more curious, creative and present to my own story.
With no limitations, what would you do? Can I have the ability to freeze time like Zack Morris in Saved by the Bell? If yes, then I would do that all the time to sneak in naps.
Why yoga? I was diagnosed with cancer when I was 24. At 32 I was diagnosed with an aggressive autoimmune disease. For a long time I felt betrayed by my body. Through yoga I have found a new sense of trust in this vehicle which holds my soul. Yoga has allowed for me to love, accept and appreciate my body.
Which Sanskrit word most resonates with you? Slappin da bass (That’s a joke. If you don’t get the joke, watch the movie “I Love You, Man”)
How did you start practicing yoga? I started really practicing yoga when I discovered Baptiste Power Vinyasa at Balanced Yoga. Prior to that I dabbled in a number of different styles - mainly Bikram and Ashtanga. I still love those styles… it just sort of depends on my mood and what I need on a given day. Most days I need Baptiste.
What drew you to Balanced Yoga? I wanted to be part of a community of other like-minded individuals. Yoga has a knack for being a thread that ties people together and creates a space for everyone to be their authentic selves!
How do you find your balance? By maintaining a daily meditation practice, getting into nature, listening to music and spending time with awesome people.
Why yoga? I use yoga as a moving meditation. Like most people, I was drawn to yoga for the amazing physical benefits, but soon realized it had become more of a vehicle for self-awareness and mindfulness. The physical and mental challenges of yoga (both on and off the mat) have made me a healthier, kinder and more accepting person. And not just towards others, but towards myself, as well!
How did you start practicing yoga? I was never very good at sports, but I always had a ton of energy and needed to find a way to stay active. So I bought some VHS tapes (yes, VHS!) and started practicing at home. A few years later, I took Ashtanga classes, and that was where I really gained a solid foundation for my practice. Yoga came and went over the next several years, but became a more serious and consistent practice about 8 years ago when I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Yoga is like medicine for my body, both physically and mentally!
If you didn't live in Columbus, where would you choose to live? Bali
What drew you to Balanced Yoga? Since relocating to Columbus from Portland, OR, in March, Balanced Yoga has been my yoga community.
What is your favorite style of yoga? I love them all! I feel like I vary and deepen my practice by dabbling in a wide variety of styles, but Baptiste is my home base.
Who is your hero and why? I think I have a plethora of people who add up to be my hero. They all have different character traits, skills, talents, and gifts that inspire me to become a better version of myself.
What keeps you busy outside the studio? Dancing, rock climbing, painting, sewing, cooking, trail running, and playing with my nephews.
If you didn't live in Columbus, where would you choose to live? In a camper van- traveling here and there and everywhere.
How long have you worked with Balanced Yoga? Since 2014
If you didn't live in Columbus, where would you choose to live? I think it would be fun to be a nomad. I love exploring and learning! The mountains & the ocean are calling my name. I would love to explore the Southern Hemisphere.
What is your spirit animal? A disco ball and the octopus.
What keeps you busy outside of the studio? I try to minimize the busy in my life. I spend my time with plants, animals, sunshine, good company, and taking meandering strolls.
What is your favorite style of yoga? Forrest and Kundalini
What drew you to Balanced Yoga? The amazing woman and owner - Leah Westwater.
If you didn't live in Columbus, where would you choose to live? My home country - England!
What is your spirit animal? The lion
What keeps you busy outside of the studio? My 2 kids Ella and Finn, our pet dog Scout, making bread, enjoying friends and drinking red wine!
Which Native Cold-Pressed juice flavor is your most preferred? Sweet Beet or Magic Milk
What drew you to Balanced Yoga? Leah Westwater
What is your spirit animal? Fish
Which Native Cold-Pressed juice flavor is your most preferred? Grapefruit or beet
Who is your hero and why? My grandma, who faced a lot of challenges with grace and love
What keeps you busy outside of the studio? Family
What drew you to Balanced Yoga? Five years ago, during my second pregnancy, I started prenatal with Abby Dorn and I was hooked.
What are your some of your short-term or long-term goals?
Short term: Embracing today
Long term: Making a difference
If you didn't live in Columbus, where would you choose to live? Somewhere warm by a beach.
What is your favorite style of yoga? I like all styles, but Ashtanga is my happy place.
Who is your hero and why? Anyone who can do it all, because they must have super powers and I need them!
Why yoga? I have always been very hard on myself. I am notorious for overthinking, and I tend to beat myself up over any situation I felt could have gone "better." I decided to start practicing yoga because I knew I needed something to help ease my mind and teach me to let things go. Yoga is slowly teaching me how to quiet my mind when I am feeling overwhelmed. Yoga has shown me the importance of self-love, and it's truly empowering.
How did you start practicing yoga? I started practicing at home by watching Yoga with Adriene videos on YouTube.
What drew you to Balanced Yoga? My roommate told me about Balanced Yoga. I decided to do the $25 two weeks unlimited, and I just fell in love with the studio. I came every single day for two weeks, and then decided I would love to work at Balanced Yoga. I love the environment.
What are your some of your short-term or long-term goals? My short-term goals are to graduate from OSU this year and continue to find time to practice yoga! My long-term goal is to build myself an Earthship on a beautiful plot of land somewhere out west.
If you didn't live in Columbus, where would you choose to live? That's tough... Maybe Arizona, Texas, Florida, or Colorado.
Why yoga? It's just simply amazing. After the very first class I took, I realized that I needed to make my health (mental & physical) my number 1 priority. You can't help anyone if you can't help yourself.
How did you start practicing yoga? I took one of Leah Westwater's classes a little under a year ago and instantly got hooked on everything yoga.
What is your favorite style of yoga? Baptise Yoga is all I know. I'm very excited to explore other styles of yoga.
What drew you to Balanced Yoga? The strong sense of community, incredible teachers, classes, and facility... just the overall awesome environment.
How do you find your balance? Setting goals, not overthinking, doing the things I love, helping others, pushing myself, relaxing... to name a few.
How did you start practicing yoga? I begin practicing when I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in college. The severity of the illness put a complete halt on my life (the "rug was ripped underneath me," so to speak). I felt afraid, stressed, and terribly overwhelmed. A good family friend recommend that I try yoga to help deal with all the uncertainty in my life. With only a towel in hand, I went to my first class, and ever since that day I have been hooked. Yoga has not only helped me physically with my illness, but also, mentally and spiritually.
How do you find your balance? Each day is a balancing act for me. I naturally have tons of energy, love being around people, and am always on the go! I try to balance this fiery energy with more calming activities: taking long walks, having alone time, and getting enough sleep (always a struggle). I remind myself to let things go and appreciate everything good in my life. It is so easy to focus on what is "wrong" without noticing the beauty of life.
Who is your hero and why? My uncle. He remains so positive despite: almost losing his life to Multiple Sclerosis, leaving his dream job in Asia, and going on early disability. He finds joy in every day and challenges me to inhabit my life completely in every possible way I can! NO MATTER WHAT!
What keeps you busy outside the studio? Working at another job, exploring new hiking trails around Columbus, and trying new coffee shops with friends! Oh, and lots of yoga 🙂
If you didn't live in Columbus, where would you choose to live? Paris. I studied there and met my best friend. I love everything about that city and even know what part of Paris I would live 🙂
Why yoga? Yoga facilitates growth, physically and mentally. It is a platform that allows me to be curious, brave, accepting, patient, and kind to myself.
How did you start practicing yoga? I went to my first yoga class when I was in college at Ohio University at our rec center. I remember feeling like I was floating on a cloud as I left and knew I needed more!
What drew you to Balanced Yoga? I was drawn to Balanced because it has something for everyone. I was in a place where I was really forcing my mind and body into a very specific kind of practice instead of listening to what my body and heart wanted. Balanced allowed me to have a home that provides space for whatever I might want in that moment.
How do you find your balance? I love being outside, so walking, hiking and camping always make me feel grounded and counter-balance my 9-5 office life!
What keeps you busy outside the studio? I love spending time with my husband and our two cats. I enjoy spending time with my family, going to Crew games, working outside in my yard, going to concerts.