How Did You Start Yoga?

Jennifer: My friend, Ian Lopatin, took me to a Vinyasa Flow class in L.A. in 1996. Having literally no concept of what a yoga class would entail, I showed up in sweat pants and a long sleeve shirt. Meg Ryan was in the class, and she made it all look effortless – I mean she actually looked happy in asanas that I thought were going to kill me! I couldn’t wash my hair the next day, my arms were so sore. I was hooked!

Marsha: I took my first Ashtanga class in August 2001 right after I graduated from college. I dropped in to an all levels Ashtanga class not knowing at all what I was walking into. I had been pretty active through my college years and felt like I was in good shape but quickly realized that Ashtanga was unlike anything I’d ever done. I left feeling light and connected and I knew right away that I wanted more. I came back every week for a month and then in a matter of months I was practicing 5-6 days a week. I’ve been hooked ever since!

Kathy: I had ripped a ligament in one of my ankles while running. After being in a walking cast for 3 months my back was a mess. A friend of mine (Marsha) talked me into going to yoga with her. It was the hardest and most amazing thing I had ever done in my life. I fell in love with it after my first class and haven’t stopped since!

Rebecca: I started yoga at the gym on a whim and now here I am 12 years later!

Jackie: My first experience with yoga was in eighth grade. I found Richard Hittleman’s “Yoga: 28-day Practice” and loved the way it made me feel. I then moved onto Bryan Kest’s power yoga videos. It was such a challenge and I knew at that moment I was hooked. I was very active in sports but yoga was a different level. I was able to be challenged physically and mentally. After college I moved to Chicago and fell in love with consistent practice for the first time at Yogaview.

Joanne: I took my first yoga class about 10 years ago. I had been teaching group exercise and doing personal training for some time. I kept hearing more and more about yoga and I was curious. Well, one class and one teacher led to another and after a few years I found myself in a Vinyasa class not knowing at all what to expect. I was amazed at the strength and beauty of the practice, and a little intimidated by some of the challenging postures but in a way that kept me coming back to try and keep trying…do more, learn more, understand more. Something I am still doing.