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MLPC All-Stars: Nadia and Sara

Sara (left) and Nadia (right)

Whether you've been a longtime member since the early days of the MLPC or you're brand new in our community practice, you've definitely seen their names floating around the Zoom rooms! Nadia and Sara are valuable members of our community and with their sweet and sunny personalities comes an unbeatable dedication to yoga. These two yogis make it to most classes that are offered on the schedule and have completed many, many 30 day challenges so it seems! But who are the ladies behind the screens? Let's get to know them!

What inspired you to start practicing yoga?

Sara: I honestly never thought I'd do yoga. But last year, the motivation to move and work out with came from Nadia! She came up with the idea to try in yoga and got me excited for that.

Funny thing, our first yoga class was with Alex and ever since Nadia and I do yoga on a daily basis. It’s part of my day routine, and I’m sure Nadia's, too. 

Nadia:  The calmness on people’s faces despite being in awkward, uncomfortable and difficult (yet cool) postures. I strived for that calmness and peace alongside the strength.

Have you ever had any experience with yoga before joining MLP?

Sara: Yes, it was in a studio called The Room where Alex was working at the time. That's where I started and eventually ended up joining the MLPC.

Nadia: I started practicing yoga about a year ago, I instantly got hooked and I kept exploring different styles of yoga from Ashtanga to Anti-Gravity to Yin etc. Yet, there are many more to explore. I’m still considered a newbie yogi. 

What’s your connection to the MLP?

Sara: Nadia and Alex are my connection to the MLP 

Nadia: My first yoga class ever was with Alex McRobs at The Room and it was the best decision I’ve ever made, attending her classes (Yoga, Barre and spinning) was life changing. Alex to me is my teacher, my inspiration and a friend.  

How did you end up being so committed to yoga you made it to more classes than anyone else?

Sara: What made me committed was just the vibes and the feeling I get during and after yoga.

Nadia: Committing to yoga is like committing to a better lifestyle, in my opinion. Each class helped me grow stronger mentally and physically. Classes with The MLPC taught me much more than yoga posture. With every teacher, I learn more and more about each style of yoga in-depth, which intrigues me.

Did you face any challenges during the month of June?

Sara: Challenging myself to actually do the 30 day yoga challenge was honestly one the the best decisions I had ever made. It helped push me to to get better at yoga and gradually advance in my practice which makes me feel so proud and accomplished! 

Nadia: I had a minor injury which kind of threw me off; but I kept on going, modifying some postures. Eventually, I got returned to the mat with a better sense of what my body can handle and how to respect that. 

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

Sara: Increasing strength and flexibility, as well as mindfulness and calm. 

Nadia: I am mentally and physically stronger. Yoga is my therapy session, my workout, my time to find inner peace and grounding. I never would’ve thought I’d ever get to be this person I am today and I owe it all to yoga.

What’s your favorite posture?

Sara: Oh, God - so many. Where do I start! 

Pigeon pose, camel pose, dancer's pose, head and shoulder stands, extended side angle and many more.

Nadia: Definitely would be a headstand! The change of perspective while balancing and remaining clam is soothing. 

What’s your most difficult posture?

Sara: I have difficulties with some of the more advanced poses such as insect and grasshopper, but I’m hopping one day I will get to them.

Nadia:I’d probably say any posture where you don’t really do anything and just have to sit still. Now that’s challenging and kind of difficult for me. Stillness is much harder than anything to me but I am working on it as much as I can. 

Any words of wisdom to those just starting out?

Sara: Whatever you are thinking of trying even if you think you won’t like it or you can’t do it you might surprise yourself. So just try!

Nadia: Yoga is literally for everyone, step on your mat with an open mind and don’t be afraid to fall. Growth comes with time.

Will we be seeing you in as many classes during the month of July?

Sara: Yes, of course! 

Nadia: Most definitely. This community has been nothing but great. Motivating each other and just chatting with everyone from all over the globe before or after class is so heartwarming, and it's wonderful to have this connection with people I've never met in person, but we share the same love for our practice with. Besides that, I enjoy every class The MLPC has to offer.

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