MOGI OF THE MONTH

  • MOGIS OF THE MONTH – FEBRUARY

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    Breanne Holden

    1. Describe what you have learned through your yoga practice in one word.

    Endurance (both physically and mentally)

    2. Where have you experienced breakthroughs on and off the mat?

    Yoga has been transformative for me.  I’ve really embraced the concept of “going to my edge” or “finding my limit,” and this has led to breakthroughs on and off the mat.  On the mat for obvious reasons; I enjoy pushing myself to try new poses or hold old ones longer and it really amazes me how my limits can change or expand from day to day. Yoga has changed my attitude toward physical activity; I’ve always been very active, but I’m not sure I’ve always put forth as much effort and concentration. It’s definitely a noticeable difference physically; I feel a lot stronger.  Outside of yoga I also find myself employing these same concepts of limits and edges; I can run or cycle longer and stronger, and even in my creative activities (I’m an artist) I feel more of a motivation to push myself to my creative limits. It’s really amazing what yoga has done for both my mind and my body.  I love it!

    3. If you could have one super power, what power would you choose?

    Teleportation!  I’d be somewhere warmer and sunnier…until time for yoga class, of course.

    4. What is your favorite quote?

    Not all those who wander are lost. –J.R.R.Tolkien

    5. What advice would you give to a new Mogi?

    Don’t be discouraged if you feel less flexible or less strong than the people around you. Everyone starts off feeling that way, just keep going and you’ll be amazed at the change that will happen inside (and outside) your practice.

     

    Sam Hall

    1. Describe what you have learned through your yoga practice in one word.

    LOL!  I’m not known for my brevity in speech! One word? …PERSISTENCE

    2. Where have you experienced breakthroughs on and off the mat?

    I’m astounded by the changes in my body: I’m stronger, leaner, and so much more flexible in ways that I never knew were possible.

    Off the mat, I’m amazed at how focusing on my breath has transcended the yoga studio.  I like to play tennis a couple of times a week. When practicing, especially during cardio, I’m far more cognizant of my breathing; when pushed to my limits, I try to regain my even and calm breath.

    On the mat, I’m excited to finally work on my headstand.  I wasn’t confident enough in my own strength for quite a while and avoided the pose. But when I grew bored with shoulder stands and felt that I was no longer challenging myself, I decided to take the leap.  It’s so much fun to have a new challenge!

    3. If you could have one super power, what power would you choose?

    Is balance a super power?  For me, it just might be.

    4. What is your favorite quote?

    “Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.” – Elizabeth Taylor

    5. What advice would you give to a new Mogi?

    Keep at it! The sheer effort of walking through the door to take that first class required the greatest amount of courage. After that, it’s nothing but pay off. You will be amazed at the changes that you see and feel in one week, one month, three months…I can’t wait to see what one year brings!

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  • MOGI OF THE MONTH – JANUARY

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    Erica Sapp

    1. What is the most powerful lesson you have learned through your yoga practice?

    A combination of patience, strength and understanding. Strength because you are always stronger than you believe yourself to be; and, well, patience and understanding can get you through pretty much anything that comes your way. 

    2. What is your favorite yoga pose?  Least favorite?

    Dancer!!!!! I absolutely love this pose (Followed by wheel as a close second). Least favorite? Perhaps, half pigeon. I’m getting better at it; but, sometimes it’s still difficult or really challenging for me.

    3. If you could be the star of one cartoon (TV or Movie) what star would you be? 

    I did two internships with Disney Entertainment in Orlando, FL and was very good friends with Ariel.  *;) winking

    4. What do you love about practicing yoga as a community?

    Sometimes you can pull strength from others.  Others can also serve as motivators.  I think I most enjoy some of the funny moments.  Especially the roars.  Shared experiences help to form and strengthen bonds.  The community may be small (with respect to the size of Morgantown); but, I always enjoy seeing the same friendly faces. *:) happy 

    5. Do you make resolutions?  If yes, what is one for 2014.  If no, why?!

    I usually make the same ones every year. a) Be kind to everyone you meet. b) Do what you can to be happy. c) Learn something new every day. I have yet to break them.

    6. What is your advice for a new Mogi?

    Allow yourself to try new things on your own and don’t be afraid of falling. You might surprise yourself and find a new passion. I had been wanting to try hot yoga for years; but, I was waiting to find one friend that wanted to go with me. Finally, I made the decision to try it myself and now I’ve actually gotten some of my friends to give it a try. Also, you’ll be amazed at how fast your body will change. I’ve been exercising for years and dancing since I could walk; but, in the few short months (end of September/beginning of October was when I started hot yoga at Po_Yo_Mo) I’m amazed at how strong I’ve gotten and how much my body has changed. I was so excited the first day I took flight with crow pose. Just the other day I was able to take Birds of Paradise. Tiny accomplishments that I was proud of. I’m still working towards my handstand, though. *;) winking Your body is capable of doing amazing things. If you treat it right and fuel it right, it will surprise you.

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  • MOGI OF THE MONTH – OCTOBER

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    Brian Ballentine

    I’m finishing up my third month as a Mogi and am really happy to be practicing at Power Yoga Morgantown. Amanda and Jared are excellent instructors who have that special talent of drawing your best out of you during class. They inspired many of us to complete September’s 30 Day Challenge. After showing up at the studio for a month straight, I noticed changes not just in flexibility and my basic ability to “do” yoga, but my core strength had improved and I was much more conscious of my breath when I exercised. Yoga is now a key component of my fitness routine. I feel like when I’m doing other things such as running and training for a race or strength training at the gym, my form and endurance are better even after just a few short months of yoga. If you’ve got preconceived notions that yoga is somehow less rigorous exercise, stop by and take a class…I think you’ll be surprised. I’m already looking forward to the next PoYoMo challenge!

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  • MOGI OF THE MONTH – AUGUST

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    Leslie Wright

    My yoga journey has so far been short but very full! Before going to my first class at Power Yoga Morgantown with a friend, I had never even considered doing yoga. Unfortunately, I was one of many who have a great misconception about the practice of yoga. When someone said the word yoga, my mind immediately went to a room full of stuffy, unfriendly people who were mostly meditating and stretching – and taking themselves way too seriously! I could not have been more wrong! Practicing yoga at PoYoMo has been the most challenging and yet most rewarding thing I have ever done! No matter what difficulties and stresses have been thrown at me, I can come into the studio and just “let it go.” Jared and Amanda have changed my life in a way I never imagined.  The best part of my day is coming into the studio, rolling out my mat, and coming into child’s pose. If you’ve been like me and written yoga off as a form of exercise – DON’T!  Give it a try and you will be challenged and changed – physically, mentally, and emotionally!

    Thank you, Jared and Amanda! I look forward to growing in my yoga practice at PoYoMo!  Maybe one of these days I will finally be able to do bound half moon without falling on my face. : )

    “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”

    Namaste!

    Leslie

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  • MOGI OF THE MONTH – JULY

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    Jenna Armstrong

    When I was a doctoral student (while training for marathons) in Seattle, I struggled with typical runner injuries like plantar fasciitis and patellofermoral pain syndrome in my knee.  One day, my mother suggested yoga and I thought she was out of her mind.  Being a competitive runner (not to mention a Type A), I had always figured that yoga was no challenge worthy of my precious grad student time!  I had a packed schedule, but if it could help prevent injury– why not?
    I was immediately proved wrong.  Yoga was one of the most challenging things I had ever done—mentally and physically.  I felt exhausted after every class, like I had been running hard I soon became a regular at my neighborhood studio.  As time passed, I was offered a position at NIOSH/CDC in Morgantown, which I took as a career advancement opportunity.  I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to sustain my yoga practice in West Virginia.  Luckily, I found Power Yoga Morgantown.
    Moving here from the west coast, I was not disappointed in the least.  The instructors Jared and Amanda have challenged me with ashtanga and vinyasa-style flow.  They encourage me to step outside of my comfort zone but they understand if there are days that I want to take it easy.  My body has strengthened and detoxified, my heart has opened, and I carry myself with confidence.  People have even inquired if I am a dancer!  As a runner, I think that was the best compliment.  Long distance runners are famous for our slouchy, painfully tight, rail thin body types. Dancers carry themselves with grace and awareness.  
    Along with some success, I’ve had my fair share of rough times recently —near nervous breakdowns before my doctoral defense, a move across the country, a sad breakup of a long-term relationship, and most recently an unexpected death of a close family member with whom I spend the majority of my childhood.  Those were times when I wanted to crawl under the covers and remain in the darkness.  Even when I went running there was a great deal of emotional and physical pain.  But time after time—good or bad, I always knew that I could come back to my yoga mat and heal—no matter the outlying circumstances.  Who cares if you are an experienced yogi or just a beginner? We are all healthy enough do a pose (or some variation thereof), to meditate, and to breathe.  Yoga reminds us of how grateful we are for being alive. 
    Thanks, POYOMO! 
    Namaste,
    Jenna   
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  • MOGI OF THE MONTH – JUNE

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    Martha Spransy

    I joined PowerYoga Morgantown because I needed a new type of exercise and hobby. I had taken yoga once in college and another time at a gym but didn’t connect with it like I did a PoYoMo. For the first month or so, I would cry at the end of our practice in corpse pose and wonder where the emotion was coming from and why. One of my best friends joined the practice after she asked what I had been doing differently lately. She’ll tell you that in the beginning, she threw up after every class. We would joke and wonder what kept us coming back if I’m crying and she’s puking. Truth be told, we knew it meant some great changes were happening on the inside. We felt great and you can really see your own personal progress along the way. Poses we thought were impossible are now conquered or almost attained. Amanda and Jared are amazing teachers. I recently went to my sister’s yoga class in another state and the teacher came up to me at the end and told me I had a very strong yoga practice. I wanted to tell her I just try to keep up with my teachers! I think the community J&A have created is warm, inviting and non-judgemental. As teachers, they are enthusiastic and humble which in turn inspires me as a student. We are all blessed to have found each other at PoYoMo!!!

    Namaste,
    Martha

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