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How Yoga Changed my Life: One Student's Story

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How Yoga Changed my Life:  One Student’s Story

Brenda Edmonds



The student we are spotlighting this week is Brenda Edmonds.  She has been coming to Surya Yoga since 2020.  She is a wife, a mother of two college-age daughters,  and an upper level math instructor at JCCC.  You can catch her at a variety of classes, including our crazy early, but super fun 5:30 a.m. class on Wednesday!  


Why did you start practicing yoga?


It was the pandemic.  My back hurt from my job changing from one where I stood a lot to one where I sat in front of a screen all day;  I was stressed (or maybe depressed).  My friend Crysta posted on Facebook about how much yoga helped her, so I asked her about it and came with her to a class.  I’ve been attending Surya Yoga ever since.


What do you enjoy about yoga?


I always feel better after a yoga class than I did before class.  I am getting stronger,  have better balance, and my back doesn’t hurt anymore!  It also has helped me stay more calm in stressful situations than I was before able to before practicing yoga.


What has been an unexpected benefit of practicing yoga?


I have a lot of cute new yoga shirts!   But I also get less frustrated with difficult situations than I used to get.  


What is your favorite pose?


I like half moon. I like working toward getting better at inversions.  (Note from Crysta:  I know that Brenda’s been working hard on crow and getting into a headstand.)


How has yoga changed your life?


I literally feel like it saved my life when I was struggling both physically and emotionally during the pandemic. Now the pandemic has lessened, but I’m still enjoying the benefits of yoga!


Here are some of Brenda’s additional thoughts.


I so appreciate the welcoming, non-judgmental environment of Surya Yoga.  It allowed me to start when I could not do much or keep up very well and also earn and improve without feeling bad about where I was at. There are plenty of classes at various levels, so I can continue to challenge myself as I continue to get stronger and better.

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