Warrior of the Week: Lisa Humphrey

Tell us a little bit about Yourself?

 I am originally from Bellingham, and after living in the Midwest and the East Coast for several years, returned 10 years ago to call Bellingham home. I teach violin and viola private lessons full time and work one on one with about 50 youths every week. I run my own business with my husband (who also practices at Flux) and have two young kids, ages 4 and 7.

How long have you been practicing at Flux Power Yoga? How did you know this was your place?

I have been practicing 4-5 times per week since March 2019. I have dabbled in yoga before at other studios, but struggled to commit to it regularly. I was starting to think I liked the “idea” of yoga, but not the practice….BUT Something was different about Flux, I found it when I was struggling with a lot of unknowns in my life. The people were so warm and genuine and the practice really helped me through the difficult time. The community is amazing!

How has your practice evolved and /or what benefits have you gotten in your practice and in your life?

I am so amazed by how far I’ve come with my practice. I used to struggle through most (all!) of the poses. I remember thinking that I might die of down dog. Sometimes I would collapse out of poses because I would hold them until my muscles gave out. I watched layer after layer strengthen and change. I used to watch other people and wonder how on earth they were able to do these poses. Then one by one I was able to do these things too. I saw some things grow and change right away, other things took months and months. I’ve been trying to get from crow to low plank since March and I just did it for the first time just last week! One by one the poses started to work. I can do crow, headstand, flip dog to wheel, I still have more to learn and I’m excited to master new skills. In my life, I have seen improvements in my energy, my attitude, my mental health, my parenting, and my self confidence. I recently participated in the 40 days program and showed myself that I can show up for myself. I often find myself working yogic tidbits of wisdom into my teaching, inspired by the themes of the week. I have inspired my husband to join Flux and I recently signed my seven year old for Flux Kids yoga at her school. In my life and in my work I give to everyone around me. Yoga every morning is a little (big!) gift to myself.

Favorite pose and why?

That would have to be half moon pose. I feel it really embodies both effort and ease. It isn’t easy to twist and open and balance all at once, but when I get into the pose, I do the work, and there’s a beautiful balance and weightlessness when everything is all aligned. I don’t always get there, but when I can make it work, it’s my favorite feeling, I feel like I’m floating.


Any advice for new yogis?

Keep coming until you can’t not come and do it often! It doesn’t have to look pretty, you don’t have to look like you know what you are doing. No one else cares what your poses look like either. Do it for yourself, you will never look back.

 

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Warrior of the Week: Courtney Connor

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hi everyone! My name is Courtney Conner. I am originally from Seattle, WA. My husband and I moved to Bellingham 5 years ago, with our 2 kiddos (Chloe, 6 and Jack, 5). After working in the world of recruiting in Seattle, I decided to become a stay-at-home Mom when we moved to Bellingham. I thrive on being outdoors and that’s where I feel most alive – from 2-week kayaking trips around Vancouver Island, fishing off Haidi Gwaii (just south of Alaska), hiking around Whatcom County, and boating/camping in the San Juan Islands/Canadian Gulf Islands. Between soaking up free time in the great outdoors, I find a lot of joy simply experimenting with cooking and drinking coffee:). 

How long have you been practicing at Flux Power Yoga? How did you know this was your place?

 I have been practicing at Flux for little over 2 years. I knew it was my place from day ONE. For those that have been to Flux, many of us rave about the inspiring Teachers, camaraderie among members, beautiful studio, and holistic practice. One thing that stands out to me among those listed above, is the simple sense of presence within the space. EVERY time I step foot in the studio, I am able to take a deep breath, turn off technology, turn down my racing thoughts, show up as I am, sweat, and meet myself on my mat in whatever physical or mental state I am in that day and just be. I knew it was my place because it is one of the rare places where I can do that. My life is filled with busy little tasks, being reactive to phone calls/emails/etc, managing kids emotions, running from point A to point B (usually feeling rushed), always looking ahead to what is next, what’s happening tomorrow, next week, to do lists, etc. What a beautiful thing to step into a space and just be. Let it go, stop trying hard/try easy, be willing to fall apart. The opportunity to be vulnerable, fall apart on my mat, and be able to smile and laugh about it has been such a gift. 

How has your practice evolved and /or what benefits have you gotten in your practice and in your life?

Where do I begin?!?! When I first started practicing Baptiste Yoga 2 years ago, I have to admit…I was intimidated. I was a relatively good athlete growing up (basketball, volleyball, track & field – but always lacked in the flexibility department) and often found myself in the yoga studio looking around the room, watching others move from one advanced pose to another thinking to competitive myself, “I just need 6 months and I’ll be able to do a wheel pose and lift one leg up at the same time”, “In 3 months, I’ll be able to shoot back to low plank from crow pose”. As time passed, those “goals” where not manifesting and I felt unworthy, disappointment, and sense of failure. What?! Is that really what this is about? Why am I spending all this time comparing myself to others? My journey to that point felt very narrow-minded and my ego needed to be checked at the door. This past year, I have had breakthroughs on and off my mat in many thanks to a new found love for meditation, yoga books, LOTS of time on my mat, and building relationships with fellow yogis that had similar feelings. I have evolved, and guess what….I ALWAYS be evolving. What a relief! After having that realization that I am perfectly imperfect, I felt a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. I started enjoying the journey, realizing that the prize is within the process. Every day is a new day, and your mat meets you where you are. I have found that listening to myself is just as important as listening to others. I don’t need to look outward for satisfaction or to be enlightened. Everything I need is already within me, I just need to spend the time finding it:). 

Favorite pose and why?

Oms; at the beginning and end of class. Is that even a pose? Not sure; either way…it’s my favorite part of class – how about that:). Often (before class), I feel myself still distracted, more anxious, and unfocused. During the 1st set of Oms, it helps me set the tone for class. Grounds me. Reminds me to let it go and just be. At the end of class, it’s one of my favorite feelings in the world: I feel empowered, an overwhelming sense of gratitude for myself and others; I feel alive with a clearer mind. 

Any advice for new yogis?

Don’t be hard on yourself. This whole thing called life is a journey with hills and valleys. Why beat yourself up over things that you don’t have control of, injuries that are limiting you, judgement, or fear. Do your best, forget the rest. For me, Yoga has really highlighted that and allowed me to be easier on myself, allowed me to focus on things that bring me joy and to let go of the crap that is holding me back from being my most authentic self. As said earlier, I’m still working on it and I am enjoying that process now more than ever. 
 
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Warrior of the Week: Rebecca & Gabriel Manalac

How long have you been practicing at Flux Power Yoga? How did you know this was your place?

Rebecca: I’ve been practicing at Flux since June 2018 when a friend invited me. I love the location and atmosphere, along with the physical and mental benefits. The periodic challenges the studio puts on are a fun way to stay motivated! (Love those sticker charts!)

Gabriel: I’ve been practicing at Flux since September 2019. I like the holistic approach to fitness on both physical and mental terms. Plus, the teachers are so great and positive!

How has your practice evolved and /or what benefits have you gotten in your practice and in your life?

Rebecca: I have noticed myself having more confidence and equanimity in my day-to-day life. My body is stronger and healthier, and my eating habits have improved. I feel like I am setting a good example to my daughter about the importance of making time for our health and well-being. I’ve just lately gotten to the point where I can do a classical headstand, which has been a goal of mine for a while!

Gabriel: I’ve evolved in my ability to focus on and off of the mat. My understanding of yoga has grown as I experienced how the physical practice benefits my mental well-being.

Favorite pose and why?

Rebecca: It’s hard to choose, but I think I’m going to have to go with Half Moon pose. I enjoy the openness of the pose combined with the challenge of the balancing aspect. Plus, it’s kinda fun to turn yourself sideways!

Gabriel: Warrior II, because it looks so straightforward, but there’s so much to think about to really create the pose correctly! 

Any advice for new yogis?

Rebecca: When it comes to yoga, you get out of it what you put into it. No matter how many times you’ve done a pose, there are always new things you can discover!

Gabriel: Focus on you. Set your own goals and intentions and let each practice be a step towards them.

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Warrior of the Week: Jordan Bridges

How long have you been practicing at Flux Power Yoga? How did you know this was your place?

 I have now been practicing at flux for about 6 months and I knew this was my place because during my first class I felt this sense of support immediately from the teacher/Jonathan and then taking my second class with Jen Fairey and third class with Morgan. Wendy, one of my dearest friends had begged me to come to yoga with her for months and I kept on blowing her off because I was was not about to sweat and workout with other people…little did I know it turned out to be so much more than that. The community at flux is really so much more than people that do yoga together, they have created such a family and have been so open to invite others into that family! I now invite as many friends as possible, because I hope to help them find as much joy in it as I do.

How has your practice evolved and /or what benefits have you gotten in your practice and in your life?

I have gotten so many positive results out of joining flux! I previously have never done any form of yoga before joining flux. In the 6 months of being with flux, the first time on my mat felt like I had no idea what I was doing but just looking at others and trying to do the poses. But with time it has become so much more than that! My work and just general way of life has so been impacted by doing yoga everyday! I have had previous back surgery and I never thought how yoga could restore a lot of my back muscles but it did that and more! 

Favorite pose and why?

My favorite pose is definitely Downward facing dog and because it’s the pose that I have had the most growth in. Before it actually felt pretty painful with my ankles being weak and my back muscles as well, but I have worked really hard to engage and breathe during class, the instructors know the perfect times to come assist.

Any advice for new yogis?

 Advice to new yogis, would be to really take it at your own pace! This stuff is HARRRDDD, but so rewarding. Show up for you! 




 
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Warrior of the Week: Joanna Trebacz

How long have you been practicing at Flux Power Yoga? How did you know this was your place?

I have been practicing yoga for about 6 months now at Flux Power Yoga. I found the studio through a friend. She suggested it since I couldn’t do any cardiovascular exercise due to a hip injury. I knew this was my place because I love a challenge and I barely made it through the first class, it was hot, it was hard and it was exhilarating, so I kept on coming back.


How has your practice evolved and /or what benefits have you gotten in your practice and in your life?

My practice is constantly evolving since I am very new to yoga, so I feel like I am learning all the time.  Each week I discover something new about a pose that I did not know before or couldn’t do, it tickles me every time and it makes me smile.  I feel that each new discovery regardless of how small has profound consequences in my body and in my life.  I have learned to be more responsive versus reactive to adverse events in my daily life. I am more conscious of being present and it is easier to make the choices that matter.

Favorite pose and why?

Wheel would have to be my favorite pose not because I love doing wheel but because it is so profoundly powerful.  Wheel is a challenging pose physically and consequently it is difficult mentally since we often create barriers in our minds for things that are difficult. Wheel is a pose that has transformed my belief about yoga and taught me that regular practice of yoga can change your internal life. I believe it is a pose that can crack your soul open so you can receive the beauty that the universe has to offer. 

Any advice for new yogis?

I am not sure if I can offer any advice since I feel like I am a very new yogi myself but I would say this much.  Try every day to do a little bit, don’t worry what the pose looks like because the pose does not need to be picture worth to have the power to change your life. 
Namaste




 
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