February 2017- Tracy Johnson
Meet Tracy! Tracy is our February student of the month!!! Tracy has been coming to the studio for the past year (almost to the day) and has taken 137 classes! Dang girl! Get it!!
Having Tracy in class this past year and getting to know her has been so amazing. It has been such a privilege seeing her practice transform on and off the mat. Breaking through is what it is all about! She recently participated in the 40 days program and 100% gave her all, was at every meeting and DID THE WORK. She is someone that inspires me to be better. Tracy is the most sweetest, honest, beautiful human with the best southern accent! :) Thank you for being apart of our family Tracy and thank you for inspiring us all. Tracy will be moving within the next few months, due to her husbands job with the Air Force, so come hang with her and get a good dose of southern love. We will all miss you! You are forever family!
“Why me? Popped right out of my mouth when Shannon asked me to be Student of the Month for February. My mind was thinking “No Way” you are a very slow work in progress. So many other students would be a better fit for Student of the Month. Then it hit me like a smack in my face….Ego was rearing its ugly head sabotaging a moment I truly appreciated. Gratitude jumped in to take the wheel and here I am writing my bio. Thank you Shannon for this opportunity to share my Yoga journey.
My relationship with Yoga began around 2011 while stationed in New Jersey at McGuire AFB. I dabbled with a few classes here and there prior to that time but nothing too serious. Working at an Air Force Medical Clinic, one of the benefits is the use of the facility. I remember getting to work at 6:00AM so I could use our Physical Therapy clinic’s equipment to workout. After my workout, I was walking to my office and noticed a few doors down a class going on with dim lighting, the smell of incense and relaxing music. I was that person with both hands around the side of my head and my forehead stuck against the glass. I wanted to know, what was I missing. I noticed one of our Physicians, Captain Stewart was leading a yoga class and I thought we need to talk. Captain Stewart was a little too formal for Yoga so from then on it was Kianna. Kianna introduced me to Yoga, not the exercise, but an amazing feeling of overall goodness. I had a love/hate relationship with exercise but a love/love relationship with Yoga from that day forward. As with all military, Kianna moved to her next duty station leaving me to search for that amazing feeling of goodness somewhere else. Unfortunately, nothing really compared but, I hung in there venturing off to different Yoga studios trying to find a fit. I had some set backs with orthopedic injuries/surgeries and it seems Yoga was slipping further away from me. I went through therapy, rehabilitation and began regular exercise again. I was really searching for that “Yoga High” to no avail.
My husband eventually received orders to a new duty station….Edwards AFB here we come!Prior to leaving NJ, I started getting overwhelmed with all the change coming my way. My daughter off to college (empty nest,) where was I going to work, being away from friends\family and all the anxiety that goes along with moving. I felt as though I was losing myself, my purpose. I was quickly approaching the next chapter in my life with lots of resistance and internalizing all of it. The build up of all the baggage was becoming physically painful. I needed a release. I found a part-time job and my beautiful co-workers talked about this gem called the The Yoga Roots. (side note: Every time I think about this place, I smile.) I remember walking into the studio with a deep inhale and when I exhaled, I mentally dropped all of my baggage right at the door like here fix this…lol. I think my expectations where pretty high because I was at the end of my rope and needed this studio to work. After my first class with Shannon, I went to my car, took in everything that just happened and thought I hope I never come off this Yoga High. What Shannon quickly taught me was “Do the work!” You have to do the work. These words rattle in my head quite a bit when I think of my journey with yoga. It motivated me to do the 40 Day Challenge. During the challenge, I realized my baggage was filled with some pretty heavy rocks. I dropped the excuses, committed to doing the work and dammit shift happened. So basically, Shannon grabbed all my baggage I left at her door gave it back to me and said “do the work.” I have never felt better.
I need yoga. There is no other way to describe it. It is like my daily dose of medicine. My one a day vitamin. It is beyond physical. I am so thankful and forever indebted to Shannon and her dream team for giving me the tools, support, motivation and guidance to overcome what life throws at me. I appreciate you all. The Universe is pretty spectacular always aligning you right where and with who you need to be. Thank you The Yoga Roots…..you are the shit!”