Warrior of the Week: Wendy Keneipp
Wendy’s spirit contributes to every class! Always so approachable, authentic and friendly, Wendy is someone that you want to know. She is dedicated to her practice and embraces those who practice next to her. So if you want to know what it’s like to be part of the Flux community, check in with Wendy! That’s why Wendy is Flux Power Yoga’s Warrior of the Week!
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 a year and a half. I had taken a handful of yoga classes at another studio and I felt that yoga may have potential for me, but I just hadn’t found it yet. I decided on a last-minute whim to try a Flux class one sunny afternoon. I was so overwhelmed with a feeling of “This is it!” that I knew about 20 minutes into that first class that it was exactly what I wanted. After class I told Melissa “I don’t know what just happened and I’ve never sweated like this before, but I HAVE to be here.” She laughed with her shining, knowing, embracing, warm smile and welcomed me into the Flux family.
How has your practiced evolved and /or what benefits have you gotten in your practice and in your life?
The list is extensive! Here are a few highlights. I’ve found a community that I never expected, and I love to coming into the studio to welcoming faces and greetings. I’ve found a new sense of calm (read: reduced stress) that I thought I may have to wait until retirement to achieve. Even when my schedule feels too much, I know that’s exactly the time I need to get to the studio. I have learned SO MUCH about getting out of my own head. The weekly themes and the conversation from the instructors about the head trash/being kind to yourself topics have contributed as much to the calm as the physical practice. Embracing a combined physical and emotional strength is empowering.
Favorite pose and why?
For a while now it’s been half-moon because it challenges me so much! There are so many things involved with it, and it took a lot of practice and steady focus to be able to even get into the pose and hold it. I feel good when I can do it, but accepting when it just doesn’t come together!
Any advice for new yogis?
Just try it! If it’s for you, you’ll know. If it feels intimidating, but you like it, then make a friend at the studio. That’s a great way to motivate yourself (and one another) to keep coming and trying and learning.
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