Warrior of the Week: Eric Nielson

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

I’ve been practicing at flux about 1 year . A friend brought me and I enjoyed the relaxed but knowledgeable atmosphere,  so I kept coming!


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

My practice has evolved mostly in its intent. I would say I started solely to gain more flexibility. Now, it has more facets for me. I consider it a spiritual practice, a strength and mobility training and a lifestyle choice. Its strengthened my meditation practice and my awareness of self both physically, mentally and spiritually.  With that, my general quality of life and ability to stay balanced,  compassionate, and focused have improved.

Favorite pose and why?

I’d say dancer pose. It challenges me in balance, strength and mobility. Also, its a fun transition into or out of many other poses! Also, slightly reminds me of some kung fu poses.

Any advice for new yogis?

Be patient with yourself and your practice. Know the value in effort and surrender are equal. Be sure to enjoy yourself! Haha


 
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Warrior of the Week: Courtney Doane

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

I have been practicing at Flux Power Yoga since 2017 and I knew this was my place because every time I walk in I was greeted with a smile and have been supported in every class by everyone in the class.

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

My practice has evolved from something I did once a month to something I do multiple times a week. I have felt in my practice new poses opening up for me and in my life, I have felt new opportunities to bring what I practice on the mat to my regular life. I have felt more energetic and able to live a healthy life I’ve always wanted!

Favorite pose and why?

My favorite pose is triangle pose. I like this pose because it is stretching the legs and hips and also twisting the upper body so it’s cleansing and grounding all at once!

Any advice for new yogis?

My advice for new yogis is to keep looking for new possibilities and explore every pose with curiosity as to what you could find. Also to come into class with an open mind to see what you can do not what limits you! 

 
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Warrior of the Week: Lou Johnson

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

About a year and a half. I knew this was my place because I felt and still feel a overwhelming sense of kindness inside that studio.

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

My practice became a journey from the first class I ever took from Laura Orso (I was to find out much later that she was trained at Flux). Shortly thereafter Kelly Villareal’s classes had me taking yoga home, I began reading. She invited me to and taught my very first heated class at the Flux studio and I was hooked. I dove in very quickly from there and 6 months later I was in teacher training myself. My journey is still very new and the first couple of years have had me seeing life in a completely fresh, immensely more healthy way. Now, along with my almost daily practice at Flux, I teach the same kinds of classes out in the community that Laura and Kelly taught me  to introduce yoga to others. Along the way and currently, yoga has provided me a pathway back towards a life of kindness and empathy, 2 things we all need to receive and give.

Favorite pose and why?

Dancers Pose – Because I can do it well on my mat yet when I’m in that pose, it challenges me to find equanimity off my mat where I often fall short. It teases me, lol.

Any advice for new yogis?

Just show up, let the yoga do it’s thing. Also, find balance – meditation and rejuvenation are as important as the physical.

 
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Warrior of the Week: Cynthia Mitchell

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

 I’ve been at Flux just a couple of months shy of studio open. First Bellingham yoga friend Jennifer Fairey told me about Flux, and I was on it. Anywhere Melissa is, I am! Nothing better than walking into a room full of open hearted yogis and yoginis of best intentions and so full of love and support for one another. Certainly many other studios have this sort of vibe, feeling, AND, I have to say, none like Flux. Familial. Something about Melissa, the way she conducts herself, recruits and continually grows her instructors, and is in relation to each and every one of us. 
My beyond belief Faith in the future is strengthened each studio session from the depth of integrity in the yoginis and yogis I am so privileged to share my practice. Most all mid-stream in life – education, work, relationships, children. To witness the mix and meld and balance of it all by and through them fills me such appreciation of their commitment to show up on the mat again and again. 

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

I started in and out of yoga in my thirties. Now early sixties and three-plus years in Bellingham, yoga is now part of my daily practice of morning meditation, and other physical exercise, bringing together mind, body, soul. Two winters ago I went through Melissa’s teacher training, and yes, it completely changed my life. Calmer mind and more open heart, walk the talk off the mat, Ujjayi breath, grounded in OM – the universal vibration of the planet. More compassionate and patient with self and others, lighter of heart, and more full of play. More courage and commitment to continue to step up, lean in, say YES to being part of the solution to climate change and other civic matters, democracy as an active practice, a privilege and responsibility.

Favorite pose and why?

I enjoy side angles — triangle and half-moon. In my lifework as an energy economist engaged in turning the energy-utility ship from consumption to sustainability, I turn sideways with the light and find chinks in the armor. 

Any advice for new yogis?

To your practice, and all is coming. And, be kind to yourself.
 
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Warrior of the Week: Heather Othmer

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

 I’ve been practicing at FLUX for 2 years.  I knew this studio was filled with “my people” within the first week of practicing in the studio.  The instructors have a very inclusive way of conducting classes and the comfort level is instantly really high because of the total acceptance of each of us in our personal practice.  I feel the studio is very extroverted (like me).  It’s filled with people I look forward to seeing each morning and although we are only connected through the studio I feel that I have made true friends at FLUX.

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

Well….  I am not a “natural” at yoga.  I am not very flexible.  I have always been an athlete, but it is with the big muscles and it is a very different experience.  Yoga has helped with the flexibility little by little each day.  The surprise for me with yoga and FLUX specifically is how spiritual my practice has become.  It is my church (so to speak)- on my mat I feel a certain sense of presence and peace that I don’t find in other places of my super busy life.  It’s also a place I cry.  No one notices because the tears mix with the sweat that runs off my body.  I cry for my Dad’s Alzheimer’s,  the Planet, our divided country, stressful real estate contracts, lost love, pets that have died.  Basically everything I bury makes its way to the surface in that 55 minute practice. 

Favorite pose and why?

I like wheel.  I can get into that pose even when I think I can’t.  It is a perfect metaphor for all of the things in life that seem too difficult, until you try.  

Any advice for new yogis?

Now is the time.  You won’t be disappointed with your progress on all levels of your being.  Just start.  The rest will fall into place.
 
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