The Yogi Next to You


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

A year and half ago I came to Mala for my first ever yoga class. I had few expectations and knew nothing about yoga, but it was clear to me that I needed a physical and mental change after a trying couple of years. I’d always been active, but my weekend sports were starting to injure me too often. I passed Mala every day going to the F train and decided to give it a whirl. It was easy to lose the ego right away since I understood nothing that was said, felt stiff as a board and could not get into most of the poses. But I felt undeniably better after class, so I kept coming back.

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

It’s been noted more than once that it’s really gymnastics not yoga, but handstands seem to be my thing right now. Seated forward bends remain stubbornly un-bendy.

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

Finding time every day for yoga. I feel quite amazing when I do so, but I have never maintained that consistency for more than a few weeks at a time.

What was the last Dharma talk that resonated with you?

They all blend together in my mind. Usually I hear something about quieting my mind. Usually I am unable to do so.

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

The sweet potato sandwich at Nectar and then a macchiato at Pedlar, always. It’s become part of the routine.

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

Anyplace with a warm beach and no responsibilities.

How has practicing shifted other aspects of your life?

When I do it often enough, it brings a bounce to my step and an ease to my heart. And by most accounts others find me quite a bit easier to deal with.

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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