Warrior of the Week: Jessica Fleming Gale

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

June was the month.  June was the month I decided to take better care of my body. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. I hadn’t had regular exercise in 2 years. This was my place after five classes. By then, I had stopped feeling dizzy (it took some time to get used to the heat) and I found myself thinking about the word of the week outside of class- “ahimsa” (non-harming). That word guided me in my parenting, my job, and in my own self reflection. It helped me turn down the volume of my often negative inner voice. This yoga studio wasn’t just about changing my body, it was about changing my mind.

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

 My practice is growing. Yoga is different for me now. I had a knee injury 2 years ago that resulted in surgery, muscle wasting, daily pain, and a large decrease in my range of motion. I could not kneel or come close to a squat in June.  At first, I held back from going deeper into many poses. I soon realized that I was holding myself back, it wasn’t my knee injury anymore. I was just used to not being able to do things and stayed in that place. Now, my yoga practice is not about what my body can’t do but how I feel both physically and mentally when I go deeper into that uncomfortable place. I grow! And now I’m pain free and kneeling and squatting all over the place!  

Favorite pose and why?

I chose chair pose. I could sit all.day.long. But chair pose burns.  It burns so good.   

Any advice for new yogis?

Advice for the new yogi: Just keep going. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t make it through my fist couple of classes. I vomited. I was light headed. I felt like I couldn’t do what everyone else did. Melissa suggested I go to class three days in a row. Rebecca suggested I hydrate really well and consider taking an electrolyte supplement. They were right. I felt like a totally different yogi, my body got used to it and that gave me the space to really listen during class. I shut off the negative self talk.  And I remembered, it’s called yoga practice, not yoga perfect.
 

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Warrior of the Week: Debbie Alleman

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 over a year now.  I love the warmth (not of just the room!) but of everyone in it!  That keeps me coming back…the authentic, friendly teachers who all accept me where I am for that day or any given day.  But continually challenge me to be the best version I can be at that time. They are so inspiring, in fact, that I’m currently in the Flux Power Yoga Teacher Training Program.

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

My practice as gotten much more consistent.  For years (and years) I’d be sporadic in my practice.  On again, off again depending on how my life was at the time. Looking back, I know I could have made time….but the “me time” was always the first thing I gave up.  I don’t give that up so easily anymore!  I’m a better person because of my practice.  Calmer, more open and able to make better decisions both in my personal life and at work.

Favorite pose and why?

I am really into Warrior II right now.  Strong and Fierce.  I like the different challenges it poses with my legs, hips and shoulders.  

Any advice for new yogis?

Come as often as you can to build on what you are learning.  The hardest part is just showing up!  So don’t give up that “me time”.  That time for yourself, on your mat, will make time with your family/work/friends even that much better!
 

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Warrior of the Week: Robin Nelson

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

My first visit to Flux was in July of 2018.  I took a bit of a hiatus that fall when I started a new job and then started up again in January 2019.  I knew it was my place when it opened my eyes to possibility in my very first class.  Melissa assisted me into Wheel Pose after I’d decided that it wasn’t a pose for me and that had me hooked for more.  The Flux community sealed the deal because we don’t judge, we just do.  It’s always wonderful to see a friendly face when I come into class.

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

I really started to learn that’s theres more to the pose than just trying to do it “right.”  I’ve learned to become more aware of my body and how it feels that day.  The weekly themes easily apply off of my mat and I love that it’s something I can carry with me throughout my day.  

Favorite pose and why?

This week it was Warrior I.  It was our pose of the week and I realized how much deeper I can go in the pose.  It’s hard work, but also fun to stretch my boundaries.  When I reach my hands for the sky, I feel so very alive!

Any advice for new yogis?

  Just keep coming to class and don’t judge yourself.  We’ve all heard this from Flux, but just showing up as you are in that moment is all you need.  Don’t forget to breathe! 

 

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Warrior of the Week: Christina Funk

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

I started consistently coming to flux at the beginning of this last summer. It was easy to get comfortable here simply because of how welcoming the community is! The instructors do a phenomenal job working with yogis who are either just starting out or who have been at their practice for a while. It wasn’t difficult to adjust to this setting as it provides a safe space for growth and vulnerability.

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

Before coming to Flux, I had never been practicing yoga consistently. Through coming to flux, I have seen changes in not only my physical endurance, but in my mental health as well. Over the last year I’ve suffered frequently from my anxiety – consistently feeling on edge or falling victim to anxiety and panic attacks. Yoga for me has provided a safe space and relief from this constant nervousness, making going about day to day life that much easier. I use yoga not only as a way to heighten my physical abilities, but as a tool to cope with my anxiety as well

Favorite pose and why?

My favorite pose is bird of paradise – it was the first pose I learned that I felt was more advanced than what I’d been doing before, and I was proud that I was able to actually execute it.

Any advice for new yogis?

 Don’t be afraid to try new things! I had never practiced yoga consistently till Flux and it has been an incredible experience! Yoga has enhanced my life and my well being, as it does for many others! 
 

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Warriors of the Week: Kat and Lisa McAvoy

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

We started practicing at Flux in August 2018. We knew it was our place to practice because it was very welcoming and chill. From there we joined the sunrise challenge and practiced 5 days a week for the month of September. This impacted our commitment to practicing regularly at 6:15 am.

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

KAT:
I’ve been able to reduce/ completing diminish lower back & wrist discomfort, enabling me to do more poses and live without chronic aches.

LISA:
Starting the day with yoga gives me more energy and inspiration for the day ahead.  I also rarely have upper back pain or headaches as compared to before I began practicing.

Favorite pose and why?

KAT: 
Half moon pose because on the days that I’m able to hold the pose I feel really strong!

LISA:
My favorite pose right now is downward facing dog. I like that its an active and restorative pose. 

Any advice for new yogis?

 Keep practicing!  You’ll not only feel stronger physically but mentally as well. 
 

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