INSPIRED YOGI…WHAT’S YOUR STORY?

Cheryl (Anne) Ransom

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How long have you practiced yoga? How often per week? I began practicing Yoga approximately 5 years ago. I do a formal class weekly, but I incorporate Yoga in my morning waking routine and while watching television.

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What made you decide to practice Yoga? A Health and Wellness Program at my place of employment began offering Yoga classes during lunch hour and after work. I tried it (skeptically), and reaped the benefits immediately. Using Yoga helped ease the frantic and stressful workplace environment. It brought a deeper calmness to my demeanor. I learned to take time to meditate and just B R E A T H E meaningfully everyday. I’ve been hooked ever since on Yoga’s healthy benefits.

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What do you like about practicing Yoga at National Harbor? I began practicing at National Harbor last year during their summer classes. I met Cathy earlier this year at classes being held at the YWCA. My first class with her was a challenge. What I thought was a beginners class turned out to be an advanced class…who attempts a headstand in their first class? I also love practicing at Fort Washington Park. This site provides a calming effect as the sun fades into the Potomac, and the gentle breezes whisper as we flow into our Yoga movements. Did I mention it’s FREE?

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What is your favorite yoga pose and why is it your favorite? Oh, so many…the standing Tree pose for starters promotes concentration, breathing, solid focus, balancing on one foot…and pray that you don’t fall on your face. The Pigeon pose is challenging as it stretches the gluteus and hamstrings; and don’t forget Happy Baby and Child’s pose. I guess I’m still working on a favorite.

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Describe how Yoga has enhanced or changed your life: Yoga provides a cross training benefit to activities that I love to do such as running and dancing. It builds physical strength, enhances flexibility and stamina. Practicing Plank, Push-up and Cobra poses have strengthened my core and are giving me more definition in my arms. The Pigeon and Down Dog poses stretch out my hamstrings and glutes. The movements are so slow and fluid, you don’t know you’ve had a serious workout until you’re in the final relaxation position (resting), and don’t want to get up. I’ve transferred Yoga breathing methods to my running activities. Thank you Cathy for your continued inspiration.

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PHOTOS BY GREG – THE FOREVER YOGI

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