Teacher Spotlight – Meet Phyllis Adams

Tell us a little about your Yoga journey?  I began my yoga journey in 2001.  I was on a fitness path and observed that there was a greater picture and path to follow. I went to NC School of Yoga for initial certification and from there have explored and studied under various teachers and systems of yoga over the past 15 years.

What makes you feel most alive?  Discovering new places! Family, friends, and dogs!

What do you love most about Yoga?  What do hope to inspire in others?  I love the aspect of yoga that allows you to move and explore through joy and inspiration from within. I have learned through the practice of Yoga and by sharing my passion that other’s were on board and it has blossomed into a supportive community of likeminded bright souls! My self esteem, self confidence, and general sense of well being has been nurtured through my practice. I hope to be a guide to other’s on their yogic path, and as a teacher I am totally inspired by my students!

What is your favorite quote?  “Wage peace by practicing kindness”

Favorite Yoga pose?  Half Moon

How has Yoga changed your life?  Yoga has changed my life in the sense that I have been inspired to seek purpose, self awareness, and trust.

What do you think are some of the biggest challenges people face when they begin to practice Yoga?  To show up without expectations and enjoy the ride!

What do you want people to take away from your classes?  I want students to leave with a sense of feeling accomplished whatever that is for them on any given day!  Sometimes that is by simply showing up! I love smiles and have a playful approach to my practice and style of teaching.

What tools do you think are essential for starting a Yoga practice?  Attitude is as important as a willingness to explore and be receptive to new things!

Client Spotlight – Meet Evelyn Mullen

“Moving is life affirmation. The spark of life is precious and its force is exhibited through movement.”  Evelyn Mullen

Tell us about you…where were you born and how did you end up in Cary, NC?

I was born on a 19th century farm in South Carolina. All of us were lean and agile and able to sustain movement from sunup to sundown. My grandmother in her late sixties worked alongside the men and did not stop to lie down or quit. She died as she stood ready for another task.

Our family decided to become an intergenerational family. We needed a home with a floor plan for privacy and sharing. We found our house in Cary.

 

What brought you to studioVIBE?

A few years ago, I fell down a long flight of steps onto a concrete floor. I hit on my left side and sustained broken bones and abrasions. After rehab, I became fearful of falling again. My wonderful daughter encouraged me to sign up for 30 minute private lessons with Amy and Missy. With their encouragement, I was able to migrate to regular sessions of “Pilates for Life”.

After knee replacement, I was able to begin again as soon as rehab was completed.

How long have you been doing Pilates? 3 years

You have Rheumatoid Arthritis, along with other health issues, how has Pilates helped you?

Pilates has helped with flexibility and abdominal strength. With RA, tendons and ligaments become inflamed and tighten. Through stretching, some flexibility can be maintained. Balance is the greatest concern. Whenever I lose my balance, I can pull on my abs to stabilize.

With my teachers/mentors Amy and Missy, I am supported in what I can do and encouraged to get a little stronger.

Illness brings stress. Through Pilates, I have been able to manage stress successfully.

What would you tell someone who said that they were too “old” to start Pilates?

Get over it. This is it. This is your life. Mind and body work together. Be able to say on your death bed, “What is that new movement that I wanted to try?”

Anything else you would like to share?

Moving is life affirmation. The spark of life is precious and its force is exhibited through movement.

Client Spotlight – Meet Lori Roberts

“Pilates has given me a longer and leaner look.”

                   Meet the fabulous Lori Roberts IMG_0012 

So why Pilates Lori? What keeps you coming back? I needed something different. I “grew up” in the gym and being in my 40s I was ready for my body to look different. Pilates has given me a longer and leaner look. It challenges me every time I hit the mat. It also feels awesome when I finally nail something I’ve been trying to tackle after months and months. The teachers here are welcoming, supportive, encouraging, completely nonjudgemental and really have always challenged me along the way.

You spent time working in the fitness industry, tell us more…. I actually have a Masters degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Corporate Fitness and Community Wellness. I started out as an athletic trainer and migrated into my of the wellness field. I was a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer as well as a Certified Group Exercise Leader. Why not, right? I was lucky enough to work for the U.S. Armed Forces in Greece and train some top U.S. and NATO personnel. What an awesome opportunity on so many levels. Quick fun fact… I was lucky enough to work with Billy Blanks a couple of times and even get a personal training session in with him at one point. He was the great equalizer in so many ways. Haha. A great man and a story best told over a drink 😀

Tell us about your first class at studioVIBE…. I was nervous as @&?!#!! I was used to being the fit girl that was setting the pace that I had to embrace and accept just being the girl trying to survive her first mat class and praying Missy didn’t scare me off😀. She obviously didn’t and I was hooked!

You have been coming regularly, what classes are you taking? My goal is 2-3 classes a week with a mixture of Mat and Tower. I was even able to get in a Reformer/Chair tutorial one night so that’s on my radar next. If I’m in town I don’t miss class. I’ve even been known to pack my yoga mat on my travels IMG_0013

What do you do when you are not at studioVIBE? I really don’t do too much. My fiancé and I play some golf… paddle board… a dabble of yoga here and there. Most of my serious work is really done within the walls of StudioVibe.

Any last minute words for someone who is contemplating getting started? Literally, just take the first step. That’s the hardest part. You most likely won’t set the world on fire at first but just hang in there, go at your own pace, and I promise the hard work will pay off.  Also, just wanted to add that I have met so many great people IN the classes.  It’s like we all have each other’s back and best interest in mind – I LOVE it!

Intro to Aerial Yoga

Learn the basic inversions and moves in this SpecialAerialSavasana 50-minute Intro to Aerial Yoga Class.  Learn how we flow through a practice with the assistance of the aerial hammock.
This is geared to those with fewer than 2 classes on the hammock. Come give it a try!
This Class is Drop-In Just $15 or ONLY 2 credits off FLEXcard
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Private Groups

Have a group of friends that all want to try aerial yoga? Or maybe none of our scheduled
class times work for you? We can set up a single session or a group of sessions for your group.
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studioVIBE Pre-Req and Dress Code For Aerial Classes:

AERIAL DRESS CODE: Please wear yoga pants or tights that cover your thighs. A shirt with a sleeve (3/4 length is ideal) and a pair of sticky bottom socks (we sell a few styles). Please bring some water and remove all your jewelry before class
HEALTH CONCERNS – Should you have any concerns, esp issues regarding BP, inverting, dizziness, glaucoma etc. Please discuss with a teacher prior to signing up.

Laura Bridgewater

How did you find out about studioVIBE? LauraBridgwaterPic
I drove past it shortly after we moved into the area and picked up a brochure. I had done Pilates years ago and had been wanting to try yoga. I liked that the studio offered both.

What is your favorite part about coming to our studio?
I love the variety of classes and teaching styles. Every teacher brings different insights and experiences to bear, and I’ve become so much stronger physically and mentally as a result.

What is your most memorable experience at the studio or in a class?
Only one? There are so many. The first time I managed to hold half moon pose after years of practice. Discovering that subtle changes in how I hold yoga poses help build the strength I need both on and off the mat. Realizing that doing Pilates at least twice a week leads to huge gains in my yoga practice. Workshops that challenge me physically, mentally, and emotionally. For example, the Thrive workshop last January was so much more comprehensive than I’d expected. I went in intending to analyze my physical health and habits, and found myself looking at my whole life — work, play, exercise, relationships, diet, sleep, community service, etc. — and learning that other areas needed my attention more. So much food for thought in one weekend.

So tell us about you…tell us about your home life and what you do for fun?LauraBridgwater
My husband, Kevin, and I have a 20-year-old son, a cat, and a dog. Kevin and I love to travel, and we try to take at least one trip a year to a place on our ginormous bucket list. We also like live theatre and dance, and have been fortunate to see some amazing performances. I like to cook but get bored easily, so I’m continually trying new recipes and cuisines. I love good storytelling and will happily devote hours to people, books, TV, and movies that spin good yarns and challenge me to think/rethink issues. I also play with actual yarn to knit or crochet useful, pretty, or quirky objects.

What 3 things would you want if stuck on a deserted island?
A Leatherman multi-tool, a stack of blank books, and a giant box of pencils

Where did you grow up?LauraBridge
I grew up in Springfield, Ill. (cue Simpsons joke or Abraham Lincoln reference)

What was your favorite vacation?
Venice, Florence, and Rome, Italy, with my husband last year. We loved the art, the architecture, the people, the wine, the food — all of it.