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Community Interview #29: Shannon



Meet Shannon. One of the newest and amazing community members. She started joining us earlier last month and has been a great spirit to have in class. We love connecting with all of our community, new and old. So let’s get to know Shannon our star for this week more…


How did you meet Alex or how did you know about her?

Shannon: I started listening to her podcast when I first quit drinking, Apr of last year.


What inspired you to start practicing yoga?

Shannon: I used to drink in the morning and when I quit I needed something else to do so I did yoga. Yoga literally got me through the early months of sobriety, I don't think I would've made it this far without it.


Have you ever had any experience with yoga before joining the MLPC?

Shannon: Yes, I've done yoga casually most of my adult life. I came across Yoga with Adriene in early sobriety and practiced with her YouTube videos and I still practice her yoga every day except when taking an MLPC class.


What’s your connection to the MLPC?

Shannon: I would love someday to be a yoga teacher for women in recovery, from addiction, abuse or just life in general! So, I was very excited when I discovered the MLPC, it is a perfect community for my life. I did the 2 free weeks and call with Alex and when I'm ready, I'll look into yoga teacher training here.

How did you end up being so committed to yoga?

Shannon: It was the brightest spot in my life in early sobriety. I felt at peace, connected with something bigger than me. My body, mind and spirit are aligned and strong on and off the mat.



“I used to drink in the morning and when I quit I needed something else to do so I did yoga. Yoga literally got me through the early months of sobriety, I don't think I would've made it this far without it.”

Shannon


Did you face any challenges during the month of March?

Shannon: I'm starting menopause and have been really fatigued so it's been tough to get on the mat everyday.


What are the biggest benefits you’ve reaped from your yoga practice?

Shannon: Well, my body is very strong but beyond that is the serenity I feel and the joy. I have worked out my whole life and I'm a runner but running doesn't bring me joy anymore. Yoga has made my core strong, physically, mentally and spiritually.


What’s your favorite posture?

Shannon: I really like pigeon pose and any of the twisting poses.

What’s your most difficult posture?

Shannon: Crow!!


What is your favorite type(s) of yoga? And why?

Shannon: Vinyasa flows have always been my favorite, I'm a dancer and flows are a beautiful dance and I love toset Ann intention for the day and whisper it to myself in plank or warrior 2. Lately I've been enjoying yin yoga too.


Any words of wisdom to those just starting out?

Shannon: Don't worry about doing the poses like anyone else, you don't have to be flexible, listen to your body, make sure you are doing them correctly so you don't get injured and most importantly, breathe.


 

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