We’re honored to have Emily Nielsen as part of our yoga studio community. This March Emily is our student of the month. Here’s a little about why we think she’s so special. Emily wrote this response to some questions we asked to get to know her better. Thank you Emily for being you!
“I practice yoga for a lot of reasons: it makes me feel alive, energized, centered, better connected to myself and others and more ready to handle life’s challenges and celebrate its joys. Yoga is also incredibly dynamic and complex, so I am constantly learning all kinds of new things as I practice.
I took my first yoga “class” with my roommate in our shared bedroom about twelve years ago while we were living abroad in Australia. Our class consisted of playing a Baron Baptiste CD and trying to follow along with no mats or props. While I didn’t immediately dive into a consistent practice, I never forgot how good I felt afterwards. I also walked away inspired that I could practice yoga virtually anywhere, anytime. Since then my practice has waxed and waned, though it has been a very large part of my life for the past 5 years.
I continue to choose LRY to practice and for YTT because the studio challenges me to grow on many levels without being intimidating or competitive. LRY promotes positive change in its students by helping us develop our relationships to ourselves on and off the mat and by fostering community. I have practiced most with Emily and Sofi; both are incredibly skilled teachers, who take their work seriously, but maintain a sense of humor and lightness that makes me feel at ease and more receptive to change. I also truly appreciate the wide range of ages, body-types, yoga styles and interests among those who practice at LRY. I drive all the way from Hyde Park to practice at LRY, which is a pretty good indication of my feelings about the studio!
I work with college students at Johnson State College, supporting students through their first year in college, programming arts and cultural events and adjunct teaching in the English department. When I’m not working, I’m often found outside, in motion, with my husband and friends. Recently, I’ve been doing a good deal of skiing, hiking, and playing in the snow with our husky, Klauss. In the summer, I can often be found paddle boarding, running, gardening, and generally appreciating the beauty of Vermont.
I enjoy traveling and do so when I can – my husband and I are heading to Peru in a few weeks for a delayed honeymoon (!). As for food, we are so lucky in this state to have such amazing access to local, organic food. So, down home farm to table is one of my favorite ways to eat, but I also love almost every Indian, Thai, and Vietnamese dish I’ve ever tried. Being an arts and cultural event planner, I also get to listen to a good deal of live music, which makes me incredibly happy. I especially love anything with Soul, Blues, Roots, R&B, and Americana sounds.”