I enjoyed the class very much. The instructor is kind and attentive. I felt very much at ease and comfortable in class.
My name is Chloe Braun. I became a resident of St. Thomas several years ago after making the life changing decision to raise my children solely. We lived in Second Stage Housing. A facility for women leaving abusive relationships with the desire to cultivate inner strength and regain their independence. I have fallen in love with how close knit the community St. Thomas is and how much there is to offer a family for the mind, body and spirit.
My children and I became members of the YMCA in January of 2014 and that became a pivotal moment in my journey. It began as a physical transformation, but while attending fitness classes I found myself yearning for something more to transform my soul. On a whim, I attended my first yoga class taught by none other than Cindy Watters. I was in awe of the power that she possessed all while being at such ease. That class was exactly what I was looking for and exactly what I needed at that moment in my life. I began a home practice and it was there where I started to dig deep into the realms of my personal growth and spirituality.
I made the choice to put myself through post-secondary education for Massage Therapy at Westervelt because I had a strong sense that I was put here for a purpose and that purpose was to spread well-being and knowledge to those around me about the conditioning of the human body and mind. My mat and my practice helped centre myself and release the criticisms and judgements that were easily cultivated during such a stressful time and I found myself being drawn to my mat almost daily. I graduated my program with an honours diploma and realized what profound a gift yoga had been. I felt compelled to take the steps to enable me to share this wonderful gift with those around me.
I took another leap of faith in my life and I enrolled myself in my teacher training with Mandorla Yoga Institute specializing in Chakra oriented elemental vinyasa. I began my RTT 200 training in October of 2016. It was the single most difficult endeavor I had embarked on. It began to break down the walls of who I thought I was and what I thought I knew about myself and the practice of yoga. It solidified my understanding that yoga isn’t a physical practice but a lifestyle and a way of life. I acknowledge now that like the lotus we must rise from the mud and bloom into the best possible version of ourselves. I honestly feel that I am a shining example of that metaphor. I spend my free time with my beautiful children, practicing yoga religiously, exploring various modalities of yoga; most recently that of Acro yoga, furthering my knowledge on the 8 limbs of yoga and cultivating a life that is authentically mine. My greatest hope in life is to be able to inspire people to take control of their lives and to make the choice to walk the path of true happiness because I know first-hand what a profound difference yoga can make. I hope to see you all in the hot room. Namaste.
** Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought that you couldn’t ~~ Rikk Rogers