By Kate Robitello
Yoga, amongst similarly beneficial and essential practices like eating well and meditation, is all too easy to move to the bottom of the priority list. With the constant bustle of juggling work, family, and a little bit of play – one of the most common reasons we take a break from these activities is the frequently used “I don’t have enough time.” What we are actually telling ourselves is that we don’t feel worthy of making the time to create a whole-foods meal or perhaps squeeze in an hour-long yoga session during lunch hour. Fortunately, yoga is one of those things that we can always return to, no matter how long it has been or what point we are at in our lives – it will always be there. Erin Shimp, one of my all-time favorite yoga instructors was kind enough to share her yoga expertise with me this week.
Q: As I’ve said to you repeatedly over the past few weeks, “I need to do more yoga!” It seems like one of those things we know we need to do more, but usually put it on the back burner. How can one get “back into the groove”, if you will?
A: I think the best way to get back into the groove is just begin! Begin to notice how your body feels and make it a priority to either practice yoga on your own or take a yoga class once a week. The costs in the area are very reasonable ($7-$15) and are a small investment for great benefits.
Q: Why did you become a yoga instructor?
A: Well you could say it found me, which I think is the case for many people I’ve practiced yoga throughout my life and over the past few years it became a greater force in my life and then an opportunity opened up. Having the training I was able to begin my yoga teaching career. My favorite part is sharing what I have learned with others and helping them understand how wonderful it is to be “in yoga.”
Q: There are so many different variations and styles of yoga, are you partial to one type?
A: I love a good vinyasa flow — it so juicy you can find muscles you never knew you had — however, I know the benefits of proper alignment and a softer more subtle yoga class can offer great benefits as well. I tend to gravitate towards the Iyengar, vinyasa flow and Prana mantra (breathing). Through a blend of these and other various yoga techniques each class develops differently and provide each student a series of yoga tools for their toolbox.
Q: Tell me about the benefits of regular yoga practice – physical and mental.
A: The benefits of a regular yoga practice are hard to measure because there are so many! Physically it can help someone become more fit and toned. Likewise, one begins working body parts and organs otherwise not addressed in a standard fitness routine. As for the mental benefits, the meditation component can help one find calmness and clarity, allowing you to be mentally open and honest with yourself, finding limits and breaking through others.
Q: Where can we find you?
A: I currently teach at multiple locations, the best way to find me and all class offerings is to visit the website at echoedyoga.yolasite.com. Some of the classes began by request — if anyone is looking for a class/ location and has a group who is interested, I am happy to discuss starting a class, please feel free to reach out and begin the dialogue. Private and small group sessions are also available by request.
So, whether you take a class with Erin, another local instructor, or find solace with an at-home YoutTube session, this ancient practice is undoubtedly worth the time – just as are you.