The Yogi Next to You


The Yogi Next to You - Sarah EatonWhat’s your yoga story? How did you find Mala?

I have never been a sports person but I do need exercise – it has been an on and off again relationship with dance when I was younger and then with swimming. I liked Yoga as soon as I discovered it about 12 years ago. But for many years it was just a means to an end, a form of exercise. I will say that it really saved me during two pregnancies and made childbirth and recovery so much easier.

Only recently have I embraced Yoga as both a physically and mentally satisfying practice. A lot of that is due to the approach at Mala.

I ended up at Mala after the Yoga center I’d been practicing at closed suddenly (that was where I met Stephanie). And I found myself lost.  After shuttling around to centers in other neighborhoods – I literally stumbled upon Mala and was thrilled to see that Stephanie is one of the founders and teachers. I have since grown to love all the Mala teachers!!

What pose do you want to do all day? What pose could you never do again?

Ankle to knee pose.  Warrior 3.

What are your biggest yoga obstacles and how do you overcome them?

Just getting there is often a challenge for so many reasons. I put it on the calendar and remind myself of how much better life will be if I just get there. Then the next challenge is to empty my head of everything else! I also need to work on strength.

What was the last Dharma talk that resonated with you?

Angela talking about letting go of things that frustrate her and to not get caught up in what you can’t do or what is not working.

Where is your favorite place to get coffee, or a drink, post-yoga?

Nectar at 198 Court  Street. Fresh juice after yoga takes so good. I do my coffee beforehand!

If you could practice yoga in the world, where would it be?

The beach in Tulum, Mexico.

How has practicing shifted other aspects of your life?

I recently left a fulltime job and have ventured out on my own as a freelance consultant. It is pretty scary but has also been very exciting. I do not know what the future holds.   Yoga really helps me to stay centered and focused on what I need to do today. Yoga also helps me be more patient and present with my kids.

And I like that when I am at Mala I have permission to be there and leave everything else outside (sometimes easier said than done!).

We’re thrilled to bring you the stories of Mala yogis in their own words.  Maybe you know them, maybe you’ve never seen them before, maybe they look familiar, maybe you once knew their name, but forgot.  Whatever the case may be, here is the chance to learn a little more about the person practicing on the mat next to you.  Click here to read about other yogis.


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