I would like to introduce the June student of the Month Michelle Keefe. I apologize for the late posting of this blog MYBO has done a little website remodel… Never the less we are very proud of our student of the month Michelle. She is growing stronger mentally and physically everyday by practicing yoga here at MYBO. Thanks for practicing with us… Namaste
Tell us a little about yourself! What does your 9-5 look like? Where are you from? What are your hobbies? What are you passionate about?
I am relatively new to the DC area, having moved here last fall. I spent the last 2 years before that in Ohio, but Florida will always be my home.
Arlington though has quickly become my new home. I love this area and enjoy all the wonderful things that it has to offer. I live in Crystal City and love everything that we have right here to see and do. It’s the perfect location!
For work, I am in sales in the education industry. I have always been in sales over the years with most of that in the pharmaceutical industry before I wound up in education. I am fortunate to be able to hear successes of students who have been able to get into colleges or achieve goals that they never thought possible. It is often quite inspiring! One of my favorite things outside of work is spoiling my 11 year old Yorkie named Bogey.
Now that it is summer, you can often find this Florida girl out enjoying the sun by the pool. I love to continue to see and do all that I can in the DC area, as I often still feel like a tourist in my new home. I love live music, spending time with friends, and traveling. I am a big sports fan and love going to games, as well as catching big games on tv. My favorite teams are my FSU Seminoles, Tampa Bay Bucs, and Tampa Bay Lightning. I am quickly becoming a Washington Nationals fan though, and other local teams are growing on me. I love to travel and have so many places I want to visit. Each year, I make a trip or two to Texas to visit my family and my 2 year old nephew. I will get to meet my new niece and nephew or nephews this fall when my sister has the twins she’s expecting!
How long have you been practicing yoga? What made you try yoga for the first time?
I have practiced yoga consistently since June 2015. I had done Bikram for a while back in 2011, but work travel kept it from becoming a lasting habit. Then last summer a friend had been trying to get me to go to her studio when I was in Ohio. I agreed and that’s when yoga really took hold. I tried to keep it up as I could after moving to DC. I tried other studios and online streaming some after moving. Then I found my way to MYBO and I have never been happier.
What is your motivation to practice yoga regularly? What is the biggest physical and/or mental benefit you have noticed from doing yoga?
Yoga has been a journey for me in that I had to find the right studio to really grasp all of the benefits. I liked the experience of Bikram before and liked the vinyasa classes I took in Ohio. Yet being here at MYBO, all types of classes are available. That includes restorative that I have previously only ever done online. Yet that is never the same as being in class. I truly feel having found a studio that allows me to enjoy a well-rounded practice has made me see much more of what yoga can offer.
I have always loved the stress relief of yoga. What I can appreciate now in a way I never have before is the deeper impact of yoga. It’s not just my body feeling better and improving, though that is important. That might be what drew me to it, but I have grasped so much more in recent months. I enjoy the better sleep that has come since I made efforts to practice daily. I like seeing the progress I have made in certain poses or my practice as a whole. It’s more than just physical benefits though for me now. I can let stress and situations go much easier than I have in the past. I have started to become fascinated in learning more about yoga philosophy and the spiritual elements of a regular practice. I have learned more about myself in a few months than I ever expected and know that is only going to continue. Yoga is no longer just a form of exercise, but it has truly become a way of life.
What do you love most about MYBO?
The studio here at MYBO is like none I have ever seen. I say that not just here in the DMV, but even as compared to other places I have lived. The quality of teaching is wonderful, regardless of the style of class. The support and encouragement that each teacher provides is appreciated. The focus of the month has really resonated with me on many occasions. I love the MYBO community, as it’s so nice to see friendly faces in my regular classes. As someone who is newer to the area, I never expected to find friends in yoga class. Yet I have and that is so indicative of the culture that has been built at MYBO. I also never complain about the cool towel at the end of a tough hot class either!