Each month we’re delighted to feature a different Whole Sky Yoga student in our new ‘Featured Student’ series. Get to know the awesome & dynamic fellow members of our yoga community and learn about how a yoga practice positively impacts both our personal lives, and the world around us.

GET TO KNOW KATY WEBER
Personal Yoga Style: vinyasa

Katy Weber, 39, lives in Rosendale with her husband, two kids, two cats and two guinea pigs. She was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and moved to the Hudson Valley in 2001. She is the editor of Hudson Valley Parent magazine. She is also a reporter for The BlueStone Press, and is the Weight Watchers leader in Rosendale.

AN INTERVIEW WITH KATY WEBER

1) What is your ‘yoga story’, in other words how did you come to find and adopt a yoga practice?

I first discovered yoga as a university student back in 1996. I was immediately hooked. It was a great way to stay centered and regroup during a stressful time in my life. No matter how I felt entering that class, I would always leave feeling positive, relaxed and energized. (That feeling hasn’t changed 18 years later!)

2) What does yoga mean to you and how long have you been practicing?

I’ve been practicing yoga on and off for 18 years. Since early adulthood, I’ve been prone to depression and feeling directionless and listless. Yoga is an excellent way for me to get out of my mind and fully into my body, appreciating my body’s strengths and capabilities, and allowing the postures to nurture my busy mind, as well as my body emotionally and physically. I love that after all these years, I still discover something “new” in each class – a new way to tweak a pose, a nugget of wisdom, or some small personal epiphany.

3) What do you like best about Whole Sky Yoga?

I work from home, and I’m a busy mother to a 7-year-old and 3-year-old. Finding the time to get out and be active is always a challenge. When I discovered the noon-time classes at Whole Sky, I was thrilled! They give me a chance to escape from behind my desk for an hour and leave everything behind.
Sara’s gentle style is perfect – it’s a moderate class that often zeros in on a particular focus for the body. She’s a wonderful, attentive teacher who is greatly in tune with her students’ abilities. I always feel confident that I’m in good hands with Sara.

4) Katy’s words of wisdom for someone who wants to try yoga but feels apprehensive:

Yoga truly is for every person at every level. It’s also a very personal experience, even in a group setting. Sometimes it’s easy to worry and be self-conscious in a class — to worry that you’re not flexible enough, or you’re not strong enough. But remember that there is no competition in yoga — you are simply experiencing your own body’s capabilities and testing its limits, whatever that may be. Be completely free of judgment and be thankful for any amount your body can do today, for each day of health is a gift!

5) Share one unusual, unexpected fact about yourself:

In 1998 when I was 23, I spent the summer traveling alone in Sri Lanka. At the end of my trip, I spent two weeks in a meditation retreat in Nilambe. We were forbidden to talk (except for 15-min social times twice per day). Our days consisted of work mediation, mealtime meditation and yoga. Anyone who knows me know that the whole “not talking” part is VERY hard for me.

However, when I got there, the yoga instructor was gone. Nobody knew where he’d gone or when he’d return. I was crushed. Then I decided I would lead the yoga classes myself. It was a great experience and I got to talk during class! — however the students were all Sinhalese and not a single student spoke English.

Whole Sky Yoga is deeply grateful to Katy Weber for participating this month. If you’re interested in being featured contact: info@wholeskyyoga.com