I ran across a book on yoga in my early 20s, bought it and pretty much set it aside. Higher education and career were at the forefront of my mind and purpose. Jump several decades into the future when career becomes secondary, and it’s time for me to focus on me. Yoga is back in my radar as more than the casual interest and occasional class over time. My practice evolved and I began to teach, and study for YA certification. It was a really good period of teaching and learning… and then we moved.
We came to Asheville 7 years ago, and one of the first things I did was to identify all the studios within what I considered to be an acceptable driving distance. There were lots to try and choose from… I made a geographic list, with the farthest away on top and closest on the bottom, and began my journey. Just past the midway point, I came for a class at Asheville Yoga. I liked the energy at the studio, the class and the overall ambiance… and then I met Stephanie and took her class. 7 years later I’m still here!
Why do you practice yoga?
It is a learning and stabilizing process. It helps me stay connected with myself and my path in this life. Even when I’m physically exhausted and mentally tired, I can stay centered and be present. I find the practice, not just the asana, completely gratifying.
What is your favorite pose at the moment?
Triangle, in so many of its’ variations, is both inspiring and daunting.
What is your most challenging pose?
Arm balances of any sort because my body is carrying a lot of life experiences that make them difficult. I have to be truly mindful with my efforts and ensure that I take care of myself.
How long have you been practicing yoga?
I have been practicing steadily for about 13 years.
What is your favorite/ most inspiring quote?
“what you seek is seeking you” -Rumi
What are you reading right now?
Favorite book: Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn; I think that says it all. I just finished The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri . . . an amazing read.
What are some favorite songs on your playlist?
So many to choose from . . . Ong Na Mo is probably my favorite. Soundtracks from the 2 Anugama “Sahmanic Dreams” cds are right up there as well.
What is your favorite food?
What is the last movie you watched? (or your favorite movie)
I don’t have a favorite movie. I did enjoy the last one that I saw – The Force Awakens – always an underlying positive (optimistic) outlook.
What inspires you?
Waking up and sunrise . . . and the opportunity for endless possibilities that the forthcoming day brings.
– GLORIA WETJEN
(Realistic optimist, driven, consistent)