In addition to our monthly Teacher Profiles, 8 Limbs is now publishing monthly Student Profiles. This is where you, our community, can share about your practice and experience with yoga and life. Want to be profiled? See this blog post! We want to hear from you! Our May Student Profile introduces us to Jenna Johnson, recent graduate of the 8 Limbs Teacher Training Program.
Name: Jenna Johnson
Neighborhood: Redmond (aka: the burbz)
8 Limbs Studio(s) you attend: Capitol Hill
Practicing Since: 2009
I’m Kind of a Big Deal because: I don’t think I’m a big deal, which, these days, is a pretty big deal! Yoga definitely has helped me to stay rooted and humble, regardless of accomplishments or skills.
Hobbies/interests: I fell in love with writing while on 8 Limbs’ advanced training retreat at Breitenbush hot springs. I also enjoy walking for hours, using small children to do weighted squats and reading when I have time.
Favorite yoga practice/pose and why: Most likely forward folds. All of them. Anything that lets my spine hang loose. I also enjoy exiting forward folds with a very precisely flat back; it strengthens my back muscles and feels very gratifying at the end.
Movie/book that changed your life: The Alchemist. It helps me to remember that I have to make my own wind blow, even when it seems ridiculous and impossible. I will always be in charge of my fate as long as I am honest and true.
One secret that helps you to stay healthy is: Playing with children! Inversions don’t have to be on your head or hands. You can always hang upside down on the monkey bars for a similar affect.
Currently inspired by: The love of my life. He works very hard to make his dreams come true and always pushes me to pursue mine as well.
Anything you want to share with our community? Being flexible is over rated. As a very flexible person, I can vouch that getting to the “goal pose” won’t always make you feel as great as you think it will. Getting to a peaceful mindset and feeling content is a much more gratifying thing, and it is readily accessible for any body type, age, race, religion etc. Your mind is more important than putting your leg behind your head.
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