Mighty Yogi of the Month: May 2017!

Name: Stephanie Boone

Occupation: Formerly Senior Lecturer and Director of Student Writing Support Services, Institute for Writing and Rhetoric, Dartmouth College

Favorite yoga pose: Laura Hand, a yoga instructor with Love Your Brain and Mighty Yoga, coached me recently through all the elements of Warrior II. That moment clarified a fundamental principle of yoga practice—be present entirely in mind and body. While my execution was not masterly (I am a beginner), I really felt the pose for the first time from head to toe. So—Warrior II has captivated me.

 Yoga is...unifying. The mat invites the breath, and so, mindfulness of the body, a letting go of thoughts. Whatever may fragment the mind or splinter the body seems to fade away while on the mat. So I think of yoga as a way to unify the mind and body. I am leaning to extrapolate that to the world beyond the mat. Tall order!

What do you love most about yoga? My yoga instructors at Mighty Yoga—Laura, Connie, Jill, Tamara, Sonya—have taught me to suspend self-judgment, to exile the internal critic.

What's fuels you? On the mat, tension, care, stress let up. Afterwards, energy goes up! I feel liberated—and pleasantly fierce.

 My NON-guilty pleasure is the sense of calm and clarity that yoga induces.

What makes you Mighty? Being part of a community of practice—through Mighty Yoga and Love Your Brain. Practicing alongside others, being there, even if we don’t share the particulars of our separate journeys, is enough, and inspiring.

What’s your yoga story?   A close friend who was aware that I’d sustained a brain injury suggested that I try the Love Your Brain series offered at Mighty Yoga. I did, and am on my third series. The series has improved the quality of my life in incalculable ways by increasing my physical strength, balance, etc., and, not unimportantly, social interaction. Those benefits moved me to continue my yoga practice through Mighty Yoga, a resource well-named: I feel mightier, I am mightier—than ever!

When I wake up in the morning, I always do these two things: in the spirit of Annie Dillard, I pat my puppies, and for the sake of optimum functioning, I drink a tall glass of water! Big smiley face!

What's the best advice you've ever received? Treat others as you would wish to be treated.