April 2016- Carl Kolling
Meet Carl! He is our April student of the month! I remember the first time meeting Carl ... "his sister made him come" he said while rolling his eyes and laughing. I remember trying to convince him that yoga really was cool... He didn't buy it... at first. Now he comes almost everyday! ... even without his sister! Having him is class is the absolute best, you know when you are in a class with Carl, you are guaranteed to laugh your ass off. Cussing, sweat and more cussing... He's known to warn the newbies not to egg the instructors on or say class is too easy or they will be "in for it" haha.. oh Carl, thank you for being apart of our family and making class fun!
"When Shannon asked me to be student of the month my first response was, “Are you sure?” I am beyond honored and a little nervous to be chosen. A little back story on myself and yoga – I was asked to come to my first class 6 months ago by my little sister, a converted yoga fanatic and former student of the month. I honestly didn’t take the idea of yoga seriously until class began and proceeded to kick my skeptical ass. I poured sweat for an hour and then was introduced to savasana, where you give yourself credit for what you did and leave behind what you didn’t do. From that point, I was left in awe of the most amazing men and woman that could do things beyond my imagination with their body. I learned that even the most fit and healthy people can be self-conscious, yet at the Yoga Roots we are all accepted. When I took my first class I weighed 320lbs and as of today weight in at 266lbs , I’m a man that’s not typically chosen to be an example of physical fitness and determination, but here I have been treated with love and respect for showing up and leaving everything I am on the mat. Yoga isn’t about being better than the person next to you: it’s about being better than the person you were the day before. And an amazing thing happens; you find a little peace and a lot of acceptance in yourself.
I have a slight tendency to say whatever I’m thinking in class and one of my favorite moments is asking Shannon,” am I supposed to HATE this pose?” Her sweet yet frustrating response with a big smile is, “Yes, Carl, you’re supposed to hate it. It means you’re doing it right.” I have found a community in The Yoga Roots that accepts in themselves the ability to laugh and achieve together."