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.

Beginner Yoga in Cary, NC

Beginner Yoga: Take our Signature Yoga 101 Express Workshop
Start Your Journey with Alyson Colwell-Waber
Sunday February 19th, 1:00-3:00PM
$35

Class Description:
Yoga 101 provides those new to yoga with an introduction to the foundational poses and principles at the heart of a nurturing yoga practice. Bring a mat or use one of ours as you discover the power of yoga to lengthen and strengthen your body, to energize your spirit, and to quiet your mind. This warm and supportive environment provides a great stand-alone experience.

YOGA 101 requires a separate registration fee due to the additional materials given to participants, length of class and the smaller class size.

Register On-Line Here.

If you prefer Private Sessions, a First Time Private is just $35 for 1 hour. Contact the studio for pricing on Small Groups.

Client Spotlight – Meet Shakera Myers

Meet our friend, Shakera Myers…

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

I was born right here in NC. I’ve spent most of my life in NC but also went to school in Philadelphia, PA. I am a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and have really developed a network of friends and family here in the Triangle area.  I am now married which is why I chose to stay here. My interests include listening to all types of music, watching movies, shopping, hanging out with my husband, friends and family and of course Yoga!

What brought you to studioVIBE?

I decided to try studioVIBE as I was looking to become a member of a studio specific to my yoga interests. I was previously a member of a gym but was really looking to build on my yoga practice specifically and did not feel that I was getting that from a large group fitness class. studioVIBE is conveniently located. I drove by it for years and decided to give it a try. I’m so glad I did as it has really helped deepen my yoga practice.

How long have you been doing Yoga?

I have been practicing yoga for about 8 years now and it is truly one of my favorite things to do. Yoga has changed not only my body, but my overall physical and mental health.

You had a stroke, how has Yoga helped you in your recovery?

I had a stroke in December of 2014 at the age of 31. This was devastating for my personal practice and what I was able to do while on the road to recovery. However, I did not let what happened to me keep me away from one of my greatest passions, which was to continue my personal practice.
Yoga has helped me in my recovery tremendously. The practice of yoga is not simply about getting into the most “difficult” poses, but accepting what your body can do and allowing your mind to be stronger than your fears or what is perceived as physical limitations. Yoga has helped me regain strength in my physical body (I had to build strength to walk again and even hold a toothbrush!) I continue to get stronger, more flexible and have built even more courage when I practice. Yoga has helped me accept where I am in the present moment, physically and mentally.

What changes have you noticed since coming to the studio?

Since coming to the studio, I have noticed that my passion and drive to do more in my personal practice has become stronger. I am more flexible than I was even before my medical emergency. Although as a result of the stroke, I have trouble with balance, I notice that although it is not perfect, it has gotten better. I may not be able to do every pose or move that I may have conquered or was working towards before what happened, but there are new moves and poses that I am learning and starting over in Yoga has been such a great learning experience for me.

Anything else you would like to share?

I’d like to thank studioVIBE for having a place where people like myself can practice our passion and continue to build and grow. I am grateful for instructors and friends that I have both inside and out of studioVIBE who are supportive, understanding and caring. If i can share any thoughts or takeaways from my experience is that, sometimes things will happen in your life that you are not prepared for physically and mentally but you cannot let that keep you down or away from what drives you inside. Yoga, for me, is more than a photo op or set of beautiful, complex poses… it is a way of life. It keeps my body mobile and my mind sane and I wouldn’t give it up for anything!

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!