We’re honored to have Ruth Farrell as part of our yoga studio community. Ruth is our student of the month. Here’s a little about why we think she’s so special. Ruth participated in an interview we conducted to get to know her better and here’s what we learned (see below). Thank you Ruth for being you!

  1. How long have you been practicing yoga?

I started practicing yoga after retiring from a long career at UVM in the fall of 2013.

  1. Why do you practice yoga?

As a longtime runner, initially I was attracted to yoga as a way to increase flexibility and balance – the physical practice.  What I hadn’t anticipated was how much I would be drawn to the mindfulness and meditative aspects of the practice. Retirement was a huge transition for me, and my yoga practice turned out to be the perfect vehicle for helping me examine and understand its impact and move forward in new ways.  So my practice has brought me not only more physical strength, flexibility and balance, but more mental and emotional strength, flexibility and balance as well.

  1. Why is Laughing River Yoga your studio of choice?

While I first chose to practice at Laughing River Yoga simply because of its location, I was quickly drawn into the studio by skilled, welcoming and caring teachers and the opportunity to connect with other students of many ages, backgrounds, beliefs, and abilities through a common bond. The physical space is beautiful.  I love arriving in the early morning before a 7:30 class, taking in the sights, sounds, and smell of the river and imagining those who worked in the mill long ago doing the same.

  1. What do you do when you’re not doing yoga?

I divide my time between Vermont and Pine Island, Florida. My husband and I have a small consulting practice doing educational program evaluations and I’ve started doing some web design on a volunteer basis for a Pine Island all volunteer non-profit that helps islanders with basic needs.

  1. What is your favorite hobby, food, or art?

For fun, I enjoy being on the water, sailing Lake Champlain and exploring the skinny waters of Pine Island Sound.  I love to garden, both ornamental and edible, and I am passionate about all things botanical.  I love to bake. I especially like to make pies and I share a love of making fruitcake with the few enthusiasts still out there. And it wouldn’t be Sunday without the New York Times Crossword. I love doing all these things and more with my Golden Retriever – such a big “help” in the boat, the garden, and the kitchen. She also practices yoga.

  1. How has LRY impacted you?

I can no longer imagine my life without a yoga practice, and I am grateful for the place that Laughing River Yoga has in making that possible.