It is such a pleasure to watch the Bristol Yoga Center community evolve and transform as it continues to grow. In witnessing this, it becomes apparent how much a community becomes an entity in itself. A community experiences the same ebbs and flows of life and circumstance just as the individual members of which it is composed. A community experiences periods of growth and recess, of ease and dis-ease, of harmony and disharmony together as one body. When adversity befalls one individual of the community a ripple effect is felt throughout. Conversely, as positive individuals enter into the community, they contribute to the overall positive energy of the community.
Fortunately for the Bristol Yoga community, more and more radiant beings continue to walk through our doors with a desire to share their love and positivity with those around them. We could not be more grateful for one individual in particular that has recently joined the community as a teacher. What makes this individual so special is the authenticity of her spirit and passion for helping others; the warmth of her glowing presence is felt by all and is a generous gift to the Bristol Yoga Sangha.
This individual is… Cassidy Hutchinson!
Here are a few questions we asked Cassidy to help you get to know her a little better:
When did you find yoga and how?
I found Yoga during college, at William Peace University in Raleigh NC, in 2009.
How has your practice and view of yoga changed from the time you started?
When I really started to follow a daily yoga practice, it started as a method in developing mental well-being and physical discipline. I wanted to alleviate pain in my body and to cultivate a peace of mind. At first, I thought that I could only practice in class, led by someone who knew more than I did but, but as I began to practice at home I realized that I could focus more on what was going on in my own mind and experiment with my own body's needs, without keeping the pace of an Ashtanga or Bikram class.
What made you want to teach?
I found that I wanted to teach because of my interest in offering healing. I possessed a natural gift and deep desire to help people alleviate pain from both the body and mind. I quickly began to recognize that the benefits of a yoga practice could be extremely healing for not only myself but for other. This desire to help people and to grow my own practice encouraged my desire to attain my YTT and bring this knowledge to others.
When you aren’t teaching, what are you doing?
When I am not teaching I am making jewelry and painting. I started an ETSY shop called "The Priestess Tribe" where I focus on making healing crystal talisman and inspirational artwork :)
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
If I could go anywhere in the world I would travel to Provence, in the South of France. I have mild obsession with aromatherapy and I would love to lie in the lavender fields of France. I feel that I would experience a delightful peacefulness out in the countryside of France, picking flowers and making herb bundles of Lavender. Bliss.
What is your favorite season and why?
My favorite season is Fall. I adore the blooming colors of the trees as they fall into a quiet stillness that only the onset of winter brings. I feel like it makes me appreciate the soft breeze and warm rays of sunshine just a little bit more than before. It's almost as if by knowing that the cold nights of winter are around the corner that I stop more often to appreciate the quiet moments of the busy forest. It allows me to feel extra gratitude in every moment as I honor the folklore of the Greek goddess Persephone and her mother Demeter, while Persephone loved the spring and summer, her mother was the Goddess of the Harvest. It reminds me that although all good things may come to an end, all good things also begin again.
What is the biggest lesson you have thus far learned from your yoga?
My biggest lesson I have learned from yoga is to honor the little voice within. During my yoga practice, I began to recognize my quiet voice of intuition. That this voice was only able to speak with me while I am quiet and still. While I am in the midst of loving myself and focusing only on my current moment, my current movement. In this stillness, in this focus, I can decipher my true wants, needs, and desires. And when I know what I want, I can listen to why I want this and align my actions with my intuition; with my own personal truth. And when I live my truth, I am happy.
You’ll know Cassidy by her glowing presence that radiates from the lightness of her spirit. After taking a class with her, don’t be surprised if afterwards you find yourself beaming similarly. If you could use a little more light in your life, come salute the sun with her at our Sunrise Yoga classes at 6:00 AM Tuesday through Thursday!
Feature Teacher presented by Marcy Hullander