The Anjali staff are so happy to have Sarah Gransee as our March student of the month. Over the past 18 months, Sarah has developed a consistently impressive practice at Anjali. She blends fierce with the two Cs…concentration and compassion. We are excited to share her thoughts with you.
Why and how did you come to practice yoga?

I started practicing yoga in my mid-twenties, but I have happy childhood memories of watching my dad do yoga. Most mornings he took a long walk and then did a sequence by himself in our living room, and I’d sometimes do a few poses along with him. I almost always got the giggles when we looked at each other upside-down and through our legs during wide legged forward bends– not to mention during that final savasana! When I moved to Asheville in 2010, I started practicing more regularly at studios and at home. I spent several years dedicated to the Bikram/hot 26 series, but Anjali feels like my first true home studio.

What does your practice mean to you?
Yoga reminds me to take up space for myself, not only physically, but also mentally, by allowing me to explore my emotions and perceptions. I feel so proud of myself when I practice, especially when I can let go of my expectations about how a pose will look or whether I’ll be able to maintain my balance. I simply can’t imagine my life without yoga, because it helps me remember who I am and who I want to be.

What would you like to tell others about the practice of yoga?

Although I do believe yoga is for every body, I also believe yoga is only for the brave. It takes a certain amount of courage to come to a yoga mat, but sitting with yourself is an incredibly worthwhile challenge. Yoga isn’t for people who are or want to be flexible, and it’s not for people who are or want to be strong. It isn’t even about feeling brave all the time, but it is very much about doing important work in spite of fear. Yoga is for people who want to be able to acknowledge their fears and bravely forge ahead. The beautiful thing about the Anjali community is that everyone is in it together. It’s an honor to share the studio with these fierce yogis, and I want others to know that we always have room for them, too.

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