Photos via Urban Harvest STL

If you know me, you know my love for yoga well. And if you don’t, well then now you do. I wouldn’t necessarily say that yoga is something that I’m particularly good at, but it it something that I’ve grown to love. I started practicing in 2011 – shortly before our wedding day. I was so enthralled in wedding planning, and although loving every single minute of it, I was seeking something to give my mind a break. I grew up dancing competitively, so that was my form of exercise while also being my emotional outlet (and also favorite form of community and socialization) nearly every day of the week and weekend. It was my life from elementary school through high school, and it took shape in different ways in college.

Following college, though, I needed something more. I wasn’t dancing daily anymore, I wasn’t a runner (I attempted – Tim even coached me through a 5K (a Santa run, mind you), and that was humorous at best. Just not something I thoroughly enjoyed.) and I didn’t really know what to do at the gym despite our Club Fitness passes that we had.

Then I found yoga. I wanted to try it so badly but was honestly scared at first. This is when it wasn’t as ‘trendy’ as it started to become. I started practicing at Blue Bird Yoga on Main St. in St. Charles while we were still living on that side of the river, and I instantly fell in love and couldn’t get enough. My practice began to grow, and once we moved into the city, I started practicing at Southtown Yoga in Lafayette Square, which to this day, is still my favorite studio in St. Louis. The overall vibe is lovely, and I’ve never felt a moment of discomfort when I’ve stepped inside those doors.

I started using ClassPass when we were living in California to better help me find a studio that I loved there, and I found several that way. Now that we’re back home in St. Louis, I’m continuing to use ClassPass, and have found a few others that I have really grown to love too – Shanti Yoga and Yoga Six being a couple of them.

I dream of the opportunity to do yoga teacher training one day. Not anytime soon, but one day. I’m still slightly terrified of inversions, though, and my upper arm strength is nowhere near where I would like for it to be, but it sure is a whole heck of a lot better than it once was, that’s for sure. I will give yoga the credit for that. I’ve still got a long way to go in my practice, and I know I need to dedicate more than a couple days a week to it to get to where I want to be, but I’m sure that time will one day come.

In the meantime, though, I will continue practicing in St. Louis and in other cities that I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to occasionally travel to, and I will also continue to take advantage of the opportunity to support local organizations through yoga in our city. Just last week, my dear friend, Laura, and I attended Farm Flow Yoga at FOOD ROOF downtown, supporting Urban Harvest STL. It. was. lovely. And was taught by one of my favorite teachers from Southtown too! The views were spectacular, and the sounds of the city were ideal for shavasana at the end of the practice. The combination of yoga at a farm on a rooftop in the middle of the city seems like the strangest of things, yet somehow, it just works. Especially here. This particular event takes place once a month throughout the summer. I’m hoping to be able to attend again, and I highly recommend it. If you don’t know what Urban Harvest STL is, they grow organic food across different platforms in the city and deliver to their food access cluster partners the same day ensuring that nutrient density is optimal – among many other things. You can find out more about their mission HERE.

I now realize that this seems like some sort of a sponsored post. It’s not. I just like to share things/events/opportunities that I love. Not to mention, I am a non-profit gal. It’s my line of work, and I’m all about supporting all things local here in our community and consistently seeking new ways to do so. I hope that you will do the same. St. Louis is continually growing, and there is so much good that is happening here. I cannot wait to see what more is to come.