A calm retreat in Vancouver's thriving South Main district, Yoga on 7th offers a quality yoga experience: individual attention in small classes led by knowledgeable and caring teachers.
You’re sold on the benefits of yoga – you want the strength, flexibility, and best of all, balance, that a
regular practice could bring to your life.
But somehow, your yoga life seems to be on hold.
Perhaps you’ve signed up for a class, and dropped out, or bought a pass and used it once or twice before it expired. Maybe you even go to class once a week but don’t see as much progress as you’d like, because you’ve never been able to take the next step: creating a daily home yoga practice.
Where would you find the time? And what would you do?
As a beginning yoga student, I had the same struggle. Then I learned a simple but effective strategy that I want to share with you.
My name is Eve Johnson. I want you to have what I have: a life enriched by yoga in ways that I could never have expected when I took my first class. In fact, back in 1983, I was a yoga dropout too. I found the classes difficult, especially the standing poses, and downward facing dog. I didn't practice between classes, because I didn't know what to do. And in the end, I started skipping classes, and then stopped showing up at all.
A few years later, on a beach in Thailand, I watched as someone practiced headstand on the beach, and a seed of yoga that I didn’t even know was there suddenly sprouted. What happened next turned out to be the second most important moment in my yoga life. I went back to our beachside cottage and did triangle pose, and then a seated forward bend. I can't explain what happened next. Perhaps it was the result of having traveled for five months, or just having a mind free from my usual workday tensions. This time, the poses were different. Yes, I felt them physically. But I also felt how they worked on my mind and my emotions. In triangle pose, with my feet firmly planted, I understood that this pose was about standing strong and resilient in the world. And as I folded into seated forward bend, I knew that I was surrendering to my Self.
Back home in Vancouver, I looked for a teacher and found Wende Davis, the Iyengar yoga teacher with whom I would study for the next 10 years. The first time we met, Wende showed me a simple stretch – the first pose in the “Wake Me Up at the Kitchen Counter” series – and told me it was vital for the health of my spine. The most important moment in my yoga life came later that week, when I made a commitment to do that pose, plus a forward bend, every day, as soon as I put the kettle on for coffee. It took about 90 seconds, and it changed my life.
Within two weeks, my experience of class was different. My shoulders were more open, my hamstrings a little longer. In the careful structure of Wende's classes, I was able to go deeper into the poses. Within a year, I was taking two classes a week, practicing at home, and reaping the strength, flexibility and balance that comes from regular yoga practice. Most valuable of all, I began to build the ability to cope with whatever life handed me. Twenty-four years after my first class, I'm a certified Iyengar yoga teacher. I love my work. I love seeing my students lose their pains, build strength and agility in their bodies, regain the light in their eyes, and set out on their own paths of discovery. This would never have happened if I hadn't learned how to work a daily practice, no matter how small, into my life. There is no telling where yoga can take you. Join me in My Five Minute Yoga Practice, and find out what just five minutes a day, every day, can do for you.