September 2016 - Sara Stanton
Meet Sara! Sara is September student of the month! I remember the first time a met Sara…a little over a year ago. She barley even said a word to me and definitely didn't speak to anyone else! Each time she came to the studio she would try to be so sly… sliding into the studio without a peep. She came, she sweat, she pushed herself.. she did the work. Session by session I would start conversation… I quickly realized that she HAD NO IDEA HOW BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZING SHE IS! And she had this story that “I'm not a people person” …
hmm… we know how that works here… WE LOVE OUR NEIGHBORS. SWEATY AND ALL!
I began to see her shell start to crack. week by week. She would walk in with a smile, talk to her neighbors on the mat and hang out after class. She began to create community. The work was working!
That’s what transformation is all about. breakthroughs. She is a walking example. She now talks in front of the groups, goes on retreats and gives sweaty hugs! Ill never forget her telling me that she will never be able to go on the Sedona retreat and go floating down the Salt River! She was telling me how much it scared her and this lovely story about it….. A few weeks later when we were floating down the river, there Sara goes! Floating all by herself, riding the waves and laughing her ass off.
We are so lucky to have Sara apart of our family here. She truly is an inspiration. On and off the mat. Thank you for showing up, kicking ass, loving us and always supporting us. You are SO loved.
“I have a Facebook post on December 29, 2014 that says, “First actual yoga class in the bag. I think I may like this people thing. Maybe?” That was my first class with Shannon. The first class that would kick my ass and have me sore for a few days, but I came back. I came back and also booked my first workshop for “Yoga by Sunset at the MOAH” too. I find it a bit funny that the January 2015 workshop was titled, “New Intentions”, because even though I didn’t set it as one, my conscious knew that this darling studio on the second floor on the corner of Lancaster BLVD would be not only my intention, but my salvation. A place where I not only found a community, but it found me.
I have this saying, I am not a people person. I don’t do social. And that’s true. I’m a classic introvert, preferring the solitude of my own company or that of my immediate family, dogs and books over strangers. Yet, the more I walked through that barn door of the studio to lay down my mat and be present, the more I took baby steps off my mat to talk to the strangers in class (and to my teachers) the more pieces of my introvert Kevlar stripped away. I’m not saying I’m this huge extrovert now by any means, but the girl who walked in with her head down, never saying a word is not the same girl who now walks into class laughing, smiling and sharing while being one with my fellow yogi’s. Even if it’s for only an hour at a time.
Yoga to me is not just physical though it’s undeniable what it has done for my body in terms of strength, endurance and injury prevention with my running. Yoga gives me piece of mind that gives me peace. Yoga is meditation and sweat combined to provide the best therapy while on the mat and off. I know that practicing yoga with The Yoga Roots and absorbing all that is taught through my teachers has allowed me to overcome many obstacles faced since I started practicing on a regular basis. I make a joke that yoga is my therapy… but honestly, it is.
From my first class with The Yoga Roots, I have not only broke through barriers with my practice, but I have broken through barriers within my character. I’ve gone so far out of my comfort zone to find a new me, if I didn’t see the same red hair and pale skin in the mirror, I wouldn’t be able to recognize myself.
Thank you, Shannon for opening your doors and your heart to me in so many ways. You have taught me what true community is and what it means to be humble, giving, strong and accepting. I don’t think there are enough words to thank you for what you have done for me. My gratitude and love is yours.
Thank you, Branden for always pushing me when I didn’t think I could go any farther or breathe deeper. For understanding my fears and allowing me to see through them to what is possible. For hanging around to hear the new parts of me I keep finding, the things I have let go of and to teach me how to finally lock the bathroom door. You rock, sir.
Thank you to the new teachers I can’t wait to practice more with and thank you to my Yoga Roots Community for accepting the odd and quiet redhead on the bright yellow mat as one of your own. Namaste.”