Janet has a strong, consistent practice that inspires me. I can count on seeing her regularly at Inner Evolution Yoga practicing next to her bestie, Lisa. Their friendship is also inspiring to me and a beautiful example of the healing that comes from the support of women supporting women. Janet is 55 years old, a marathon runner and a Republican. Janet is what a yogi looks like.
1. When did you start doing yoga and why? In September 2009 I was training for a marathon with my friend Lisa and she took me to a class at Redlands Community Hospital. I wanted to run a marathon to celebrate my 50th birthday and was experiencing knee problems from all the miles. I was surprised how hard it actually was, I thought it would be easy breezy. I went to Sandrine’s classes at the hospital, and when she opened up Inner Evolution Yoga, I was worried about attending. Could I keep up with “real” yogis?
2. What myths or misconceptions did you have about yoga before starting? I thought it was for young, skinny hippies. I had an image of liberal people, who did not shower and listened to Bob Marley. I have always been pretty conservative and yoga just seemed so “lucy goosey” for me. However, I immediately felt so openly accepted by others. It has really taught me that not everything is so black and white. I feel myself becoming more tolerant and open. I am Italian and tend to get excited quickly, however, yoga has helped me to slow down and take a breath. I am surprised to find myself practicing even when I do not realize I am practicing.