Last week, we talked about the necessity of individuals in a community who drive the evolution of the whole through their hunger for life and knowledge. Just as essential as these fiery individuals are to a community are also the Earthy individuals who maintain stability and steadiness. These fiery, go-getters need the self-loving wisdom that comes from the Earthy, grounded individuals of the community in order to avoid burning out. The dynamic between these two types of individuals is the natural harmony of Yin and Yang, or Shiva and Shakti.
The Earthy individuals of a community are those that teach us about sustainability. If you have ever tried to give your max, give 100%, for an extended period of time, then you’ve probably experienced what is commonly referred to as “burn out” (this might look like curling up in your bed with all your favorite junk food and a marathon of your favorite TV series on Netflix). Sustainability, not just on the mat, but throughout your entire life, is about taking time do find rest and allowing your body to recover. At the core of sustainability is the practice of self-love.
We are fortunate at Bristol Yoga to have one particular individual in our community who is well-skilled in the art of self-love. This individual is so highly tuned in to her own inner-compass that she intuitively knows what her body needs and what her spirit craves. Not only that, but she doesn’t hesitate to nourish those needs. This individual is essential to our community teaching others how to trust and love themselves.
This soft and warm-hearted Earth momma is… Lizzie Hall!
Here are some questions we asked Lizzie to help you see just how dear she is to our hearts at Bristol Yoga.
1. When and how did you find yoga?
- I found yoga when I moved to Bristol 2 years ago at Bristol Yoga and I’ve been going ever since. There’s no family like it in Bristol.
2. Why do you practice yoga?
- I practice yoga whenever I need to come back to myself, whether that’s physically, mentally, or spiritually. I gives me the tools I need to take care of myself and others.
3. What is your favorite form of asana? (Vinyasa, restorative, gentle, yin, ashtanga, etc.)
- Yin yoga is my favorite form of Asana because it’s what my mind and body seem to need the most. It gives my mind time to reflect and my body room to move and really sink into the postures.
4. What does yoga mean to you?
- To me, yoga is about knowing that I’m worth taking care of myself and that it’s important to take time to calm my thoughts and take care of my body.
5. What are you doing outside of the classroom?
- Outside of the classroom I’m a Middle School teacher who meets students where they are. I think my yoga philosophy is directly connected to my middle school classroom because I think everyone deserves to have someone meet them where they are.
6. What is your spirit animal and why?
- My spirit animal is a sloth because I have a natural tendency to want to hibernate and take things slow.
7. Where is your favorite place to go when you need to relax?
- When I need to relax, I love to get a chai latte and enjoy doing nothing at all for just a little while.
8. Do you have a favorite quote, mantra, passage, or verse?
- My favorite verse is John 15:5 because it talks about union with God and that resting in his love is enough.
9. What do you want your students to know?
- I want my students to know that yoga meets you where you are. Come as you are and you will find what you need.
If you know you’ve been working hard, or you have a case of the “Mondays”, and you could really use a reprieve to help re-charge your batteries to tackle the rest of your week, give yourself permission to bask in Lizzie’s warm and loving Earth-momma presence on Tuesday nights for her Mindful Flow at 5:45 PM.
Feature Teacher presented by Marcy Hullander