Ahh young love...
Randy and Dorothy are our resident lovebirds.
They always come prepared with hilarious stories, groovy sunglasses, and shining personalities that keep everyone in the studio smiling.
Keep reading to learn more about this dynamic duo.
Q: How do you apply yoga outside of the studio?
Dorothy: I have worked out a routine of stretches I do every morning taken from what I have learned in yoga class. Also, if some issue comes up in traffic for e.g. I say
“We must be ‘Good Yogis’”.
Randy: I am more laid back in stressful situations. I also use the “feet up the wall” when I need a break from driving or doing a lot of standing.
Q: Randy, you had quite a fall this year and really felt the injuries throughout your body. What made you consider yoga to help heal yourself?
(Anything else to speak to in this regard?)
Randy: Actually, I had to wait about 2 weeks having massage therapy before I could do yoga again. But then once on the mend yoga helped regain back some strength and flexibility. The Doc said if I hadn’t been doing yoga regularly my injuries would have most likely been worse and the recovery slower.
Q: If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself?
Dorothy: To keep up a consistent yoga practice. Even though I have a love/hate relationship with yoga I know it’s good for me – not easy – but definitely worth it!
Randy: I wished I would have started yoga earlier in my life because even though I was very active, I didn’t stretch enough.
Q: What do you love the most about Okotoks having moved from Vancouver just a few years ago?
A: The thing I love the most about Okotoks is it's friendly nature. It is a warm, inviting place with lots of entrepreneurial spirit.
Q: Do you have any superstitions?
A: I am superstitious about wearing a Buddhist charm or symbol on my body everyday as I believe it provides me with a level of good karma and strength.
Q: What brought you to practice yoga? Here to Yogadown specifically?
A: Pregnancy brought me to yoga. I was a very anxious person but knew it was important to provide a tranquil place in my body to grow a baby, so I took up yoga 18 years ago and have never looked back. I came to Yogadown because I liked the look and feel of the studio. I have since come to love it for so much more.
Much like everyone else, Katlin started at our studio as a beginner, from day one the mind-over-matter conversation took hold in her head and she was constantly telling herself “but I could never do that!”, and as we sit here three years later she is popping up into supported head stands like it’s her day job. Katlin told us about the changes she saw in her body from practicing yoga; one of them being her increased flexibility, her strength and stability, and most of all the fact that sometimes she calls her mom after class and almost instantly her mom knows she was just practicing yoga because of the calm in her voice, the relaxation obviously palpable through the phone.
Teaching third-grade at Big Rock Elementary is a dream, a very familiar dream, to Katlin. Katlin attended Big Rock Elementary as a child, and as she walks through the halls today she still sees her sixth grade handprints on the wall, or her third grade class photo, she even teaches her students in her fourth grade classroom! This is all nostalgic and wonderful and it makes her even more invested in the growth of the school and her students. Her nephew is two and although he probably won’t get his auntie as a teacher, he will still get to practice yoga with her on a regular basis, she says “he is waaay better at happy baby then I am”, her young yogi is always trying to mimic the poses she does.
Natalie is a person previously with a tumultuous relationship with her dinner plate. We sat down with Natalie and she shared her wealth of knowledge on the topic of food and what it really means to foster a healthy relationship with food. To turn food from a boredom into the life force that it was intended to be.
Natalie’s journey started when she got sick, really sick. There were no explanations as to why she became sick, there were no doctors that could pinpoint why she suddenly felt like her health was turned upside down on it’s head. She even had one doctor suggest that she was drinking too much water, he proposed that she drink more gatorade to replenish her electrolytes, and no we aren’t making this up. Keeping good faith with her medical professionals, she embarked on a short-lived journey on gatorade train. Nothing much changed, her energy was just as depleted. From then on she started seeing a Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor as an alternative to the standard general practitioner. Soon after she began her regimen of a restricted diet and acupuncture. These things worked for a short amount of time but then she found herself once again going from jogging two to three times a week to suddenly not being able to get up the stairs without collapsing. And there was still no explanation.
Natalie had to fight tooth and nail for her health. She knew that what was happening wasn’t right and decided to make a point of seeking information on her own in order to resolve the issues she was facing. After testing, and re-testing and inconclusive answers she finally figured out that her thyroid was nearing a non-functional state. Her doctor prescribed thyroid medication, but this medication did nothing but mask the pain that her body was going through. Natalie took the time to invest in her own health, her own body and started researching ways to change how she ate and remarkably… she started feeling better.
After removing most everything from her diet, she has slowly started to re-introduce different foods back into the fold of her life. On this journey Natalie discovered a vital piece of information that most of us will never have the pleasure of truly understanding. She unearthed the difference between feeling good, and feeling like crap. After feeling good, and knowing the difference there is no way she could go back. When you think about it… how many times have you eaten a meal, and felt like taking a nap right after, or felt like you need to push back in your chair and release your buttons because there was not enough space for the giant food baby you were harbouring in your belly? That is NOT how food is supposed to make you feel.
Food is supposed to be a life-force, something that gives us energy, stamina and fuel to carry on our busy lives. When food is slowing us down, and making us lethargic or sickly, it is not doing what it was intended to do. Many of us don’t know the answers to why we feel this way, we blame it on too much, or the weather, or any other myriad of excuses but the truth behind our ailments is typically laying right in front of us, swimming on a plate of buttery, saucy, decadence that our bodies do not need to function.
For Natalie, it was a necessary evil. She knew that she had to cut out most of the things she had grown to love and rely on as staples in her diet. And no one is saying it’s easy to give up the things you love, it is a difficult and stressful process. Natalie told us a story about strawberries, something she used to love so much, which she cut out of her diet. And when she tried to re-introduce them into her diet, the next day she was brought to her knees with pain. Almost as though every injury she had ever had was suddenly being experienced anew. All because of eight strawberries.
It is important to know that you are the master of your own health, you can change how you are feeling, and you can steer the course of your future. With some research, hard work and a genuine interest in your own well-being almost anything is possible. There are so many resources available at our fingertips, take it from Natalie… feeling good is achievable!
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