Centered City Yoga 2018 Yoga Challenge Winners ~ I love to share the powerful practice and teachings of yoga, truly with all of my heart. Through many years of my own evolution through practicing yoga, as well as teaching thousands of students over time, I have learned something so very important. It can be hard to get into the rhythm of a regular practice. And if one cannot practice with consistency, how will the student of yoga embody the full blessings of yoga?
For this reason, I held a yoga challenge for our Centered City Yoga community to celebrate the first two months of our new 2018 year, as an incentive for students to discover a steady practice, while also enjoying learning from the best yoga teachers in Salt Lake City.
Each student who either completed the challenge of attending practice at our beautiful studio at least 30 days, for the first two months completed the challenge. My hope is this has inspired all of our students to practice even one more day than they might have otherwise. I pray each yogi is enjoying the benefits of this dedication. The blessings of presence and balance in mind, body and spirit are priceless.
As an extra incentive to our yogis, I promised a 6-month pass for free to whomever attended the most classes. And for all of our students who attended at least 30 days of yoga, I created a certificate for each, also held a drawing for a second 6-month pass. We also held a separate staff and teacher challenge with prizes for them instead of a pass. What a joy it was to see an extra spark of dedication planted in the hearts of so many. I thank you all for sharing your amazing energy with our light filled space that is Centered City Yoga.
What amazed me was how not only did some students attend every day, some shared their practice more than once on many days. Each body has different needs and abilities. Each human also has different timing available. It was a joy to see those expressions. I love how so many chose, and continue, to cultivate their practice when it works for them. It brings tears to my eyes contemplating the many ways not only their bodies, but also their lives in general benefit from a steady authentically hearted practice.
When March first came, one of our younger students, Zo Kronberg won the challenge. She in two months practiced yoga at Centered City Yoga 95 times! Oh my goodness. Congratulations Zo! Of our students who completed the challenge, and thus were entered into a drawing, Rachel Rogers won the other 6-month pass. She sadly is leaving town and won’t be able to utilize the pass. So I decided to give each student who completed the challenge a one-month unlimited pass, rather than draw a second person.
For our staff challenge, our amazing darling of teachers, Liz Freedman won the challenge. And the ever dedicated and delightful dear soul friend of our studio, Jim Stringfellow, earned 2nd place for the challenge. I thank them each so very much for the loving kindness they share with our community in many ways beyond the practice. Thank you to all who participated!
I asked the challenge winners to share a few words about their experiences:
Zo Kronberg: Thank you so much! These past two months have been incredible, practicing so often has smoothed my transition through many life changes and kept me strong throughout.
Rachel Rogers: My favorite quote is, “Beginnings are scary. Endings are usually sad, but it’s what’s in the middle that counts. So, when you find yourself at the beginning, just give hope a chance to float up. And it will.” – Sandra Bullock, in the movie “Hope Floats.”
Traveling to Salt Lake City was a new beginning for me. I moved more than 7,000 miles away from home and into the basement apartment of an Airbnb. I recently graduated with my Master’s of Occupational Therapy degree in Cleveland, Ohio and not even a month later, I landed in Salt Lake City to complete a 2-month specialty fieldwork program with the University of Utah.
I teach yoga in the Cleveland area and work as a front desk yogi at a studio called 3Sisters (with 3 actual sisters who own the studio). Prior to my arrival in Salt Lake, one of the sisters recommended Centered City as a beautiful studio to practice at during my time in Salt Lake. Conveniently, I was living less than a mile away from the studio and the kind people I was renting from even shared a spare yoga mat with me since I could not fit mine in my suitcase (although I tried)! It seemed to all fall into place.
After my first class at Centered City, I was hooked! It felt nice to be seen and supported by the Centered City community – all of the teachers, students, and front desk staff. The studio served as my home away from home. It provided a warm, welcoming space in an unfamiliar environment for me. I enjoyed the opportunity to deepen my personal yoga practice and learn from the passionate, knowledgeable, and genuine teachers at Centered City.
As my time in Salt Lake is coming to an end, I am saddened to leave, but am leaving with a heart full of gratitude and positive energy. Thank you all for holding the space for me. I appreciate the connections and hope to visit in the future. Expect a postcard from Cleveland! Namaste.
Liz Freedman: I can’t believe l won the CCY Staff Yoga Challenge! Check out this cool beanie and hoodie l received. Wow! Thank you Centered City Yoga. Now I will always have a piece of CCY with me. Congrats to all the participants. Time and time again yoga has provided me with hope, support, and strength to carry on. I love sharing space, breathe, and connection with my community. The highest light within me, bows to that very same light shining within each of you. Namaste.
Jim Stringfellow: The challenge! It spurred me on. I enjoy yoga and the obvious good that comes to my body and mind. When I don’t quite feel like braving the (cold, heat, wind, rain, lack of one more coffee, walk to the studio, camel drivers – check all that apply), getting there and doing yoga makes it so much better. The studio, teachers, staff, and general camaraderie are genuinely pleasing.
Thank you to all who share practice and create such high vibrational energy at Centered City Yoga. I love our students, staff and teachers dearly. I am humbled be a part of your yoga path.