In addition to our monthly Teacher Profiles, we at 8 Limbs do our best to publish regular 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 April Student Profile introduces us to Richie Phillips, star of our March ad in City Arts Magazine.
Richard (Richie) Phillips
8 Limbs Studio(s) you attend:
Capitol Hill studio
February 3, 2015
Tell us about the first yoga class you took.
Amy Reed made learning yoga enjoyable, approachable, inspiring and fun in a very safe environment. She opened both our (myself and spouse James) eyes to a beautiful new way of approaching life. We found her instruction so helpful that we both took her “Introduction to Yoga” twice and would have taken it three times had the class not filled.
Who/what are your teachers? Why?
Lauren Kite was our next yoga instructor after Amy. We were both a little hesitant to try our first “Level One” class, unsure if either of us could keep up. Lauren quickly put both of our apprehensions to rest, while opening up the door to a better understanding of our bodies. Her grace and charm made each encounter more enjoyable than the last.
Our next instructor was Beth, whose warm and loving approach we found very grounding. Her gentle instruction taught us to not always push so hard, and to temper our learning to include restorative practices as well.
Maritza Harnett took over Beth’s class, which we have drawn so much wisdom from. Her deep knowledge has helped create a better understanding of my practice, and to appreciate the beauty of the moving body. I have learned how to move more gracefully and with thought as I move between each pose. The knowledge she shares with the class helps create a better understanding of the history of yoga and how it applies to life.
Our next instructor was Lance Westendorp. His lessons have helped with patience, precision, strength, and how to improve each individual move of an asana. While his classes can be challenging, they leave me with a better understanding of my body and spirit. His lessons have helped build and understand my core, as well as moving prana through my body.
We then began Jamie Hall’s devotional session. The beauty of music and bhakti has helped challenge myself as well as looking inwards. I find Jamie’s inspiration very powerful, infectious and addictive; motivating me to push my limits in a safe and loving space. I find singing with her and the class a powerful inspiration.
Nancy Hwang teaches not to be perfect, to go with the flow and help loose our ego. Her knowledge is vast, giving a better understanding of yoga and it’s spiritual side. Her sense of community is inspiring.
Travel would have to be number one, which I find educational as well as enjoyable. I have a passion for history, and the lessons it teaches us. The love of food is what brought me to yoga in an effort to get in better shape; I have found it has also improved my spiritual and emotional self. Gardening, animals, and volunteering are favorite pastimes of mine.
Favorite yoga practice/pose and why:
Nancy’s Tuesday 4pm class is my favorite class, looking forward to it each week. I feel a strong sense of community while learning something new from every class. My favorite pose is a forearm headstand, which I had found very challenging before Nancy’s instructions.
Movie/book that changed your life:
The Color Purple helped me understand racism, abuse and love. As someone with many interracial family members, I was able to relate heavily with this story.
One secret that helps you to stay healthy is:
Being happy with yourself and content with the life you have, and the ability to change it.
Currently inspired by:
I find inspiration from all of my instructors, as well as my spouse.
Anything you want to share with our community?
Being able to do yoga with a partner or friend has been helpful and motivational. We find we push each other to be our best selves.
Recipe? Poem? Quote?
Slightly sautéed Greens with reduced Balsamic vinegar, a great winter food.
“Water off a duck’s back” — Jinx Monsoon (Cornish Alumni).
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