Name: Susan Craig
Hometown: Brampton, Ontario, but have lived in the Northwest Territories for 30 years (on January 6). Lived 8 years in Rankin Inlet and almost 22 years in Yellowknife.
How long have you been practicing yoga?: 11 months
Favourite class offered at Taiga: I have 2: 1) Yin. I find the practice beneficial and centering 2) Breathe and Stretch (although Linda is on a break from teaching this), the practice works out the mid-week kinks!
What is your favourite yoga posture and why?: You mean other than Savasana??? ;-) I enjoy anything that opens my hips. That is definitely where I hold my stress as I sit most of the day. I also enjoy the inversion positions whether it be a supported shoulder stand or feet up the wall.
Tell us a bit about your yoga journey: I first started yoga about 6 years ago as part of an employee wellness program with the Federal Government. It was a 4 week free session and then an interested group paid to continue another 4 weeks. I didn’t do yoga again until about a year ago when I was visiting my sister in Ontario and went to a class with her. I felt so much better after the session. In January 2016 I joined the Yoga for Beginners workshop with Kumari Karunaratne and, as they say, the rest is history. I have gone from 1 class a week to 4 or 5 per week and when I’m on holidays I look for classes I can drop in on.
What keeps you coming back to Taiga?: I feel so much better after a class than before a class. I have lost weight and gained flexibility. I used to suffer from nightly leg cramps and a sore back – both are gone!
What words of wisdom do you have for the Taiga community?: Make each practice your own. Acknowledge your frame of mind and set a purpose for the practice. The purpose doesn’t have to be grandiose, but try to get something out of every session.