[wp_ad_camp_1]Congratulations to the lucky and talented winners of Yoga Travel Tree’s #findYOGAanywhere challenge! These yogis showed dedication, motivation, style, and confidence by sticking with the challenge from day 1 to day 31. We want you to get to know these lovely yogis like we got to last month, so we sent them out some questions and invite you to meet our winners!
Next up in our winners interview series is Eve Vines, perhaps better known as @e_vines
1. How did you get into yoga?
A friend recommended yoga ages ago when I was a stressed out mommy with many little children. I fooled around with it here and there over the years. It’s only been recently that I decided to practice daily. I was weary of lifting/cardio dvds and looking for something different. I have grown to love that yoga is a practice. No one is dreadfully behind, and no one ever arrives.
2. What’s your favorite style of yoga and why?
I like power yoga. I love the challenge, and I love the use of body weight to achieve the same goals I was aiming for using weights, previously. That said, I also love that there is a yoga practice for every kind of day. When I’m having one of those days, yin or gentle yoga is wonderful.
3. What’s the most ridiculous thing that’s happened to you in a yoga class?
I live rurally, and I am wife to one and mama to 7. There are no yoga classes where I live, so dvd’s are my go-to. When I asked my husband to photograph my attempt at side crow for the challenge, he got a great shot of me…falling on my face. I eventually shared that with my friends. Yoga is supposed to build humility, right?
4. If you could travel anywhere on earth, where would you like to go and why?
Greece. No, Rome. Ireland? OK, Israel. Someday I want to walk barefoot in the dirt of the ancients and breathe the same air they did. I love visiting places with deep history, and immersing myself in their food, their culture, and attending Mass in the local language.
5. What’s a personal goal you’ve accomplished in the last year?
Practicing yoga 7 days a week was something I always wanted to do, but I was so used to the typical mantra that “yoga is not enough.” I believed it. I also felt a bit like as a 43 year old mama of 7, power yoga might not be accessible to me. I was wrong. So wrong. I finally decided to give it a try. I wanted to understand the connection between the mind and body within my own faith tradition, and yoga has helped me to understand that. The time I have committed to prayer is inextricably linked to yoga practice now. The stress that I release in prayer shows in flexibility gains in my practice, as well as in a more peaceful life. I love to run, but now it is in addition to yoga, not as a replacement. The commitment I have made to practice yoga daily is a personal triumph for me.
Images via: @e_vines