Start off the New Year with an amazing Charlotte yoga class! Get to know Jana Birenbaum, E-RYT 200.
"Ten years ago I walked into a yoga studio having absolutely no idea what I was in for, that day or over the course of time. It has healed my body and mind in ways I never expected, some of which I never even knew I needed. After completing a 200 hour teacher training with Melody White in 2010, I began teaching; eager to share this ancient and healing art. In 2012 I completed a second teacher training with Seane Corn. I am forever indebted to these beautiful ladies, and all my teachers, for giving me the tools which have allowed me to not only transform my life, but to effectively guide my students, empowering them to create their own transformation.
What I have learned is that yoga is an ever-evolving practice, it grows, deepens and changes as we do. I’ve also discovered it’s about creating sensation, not exact shapes. Every body is different and all we need is the willingness to show up and work with where we are. For some people this means folding themselves in half or beyond, for others it’s a 90 degree bend. The incredible pictures plastered across social media of amazing yogis in their “pretzel” poses and displays of tremendous strength, while impressive, can also serve as intimidating images and, for some, an excuse not to try.
For me, the real goal of yoga is whatever the individual needs; strength, flexibility, a chance to breathe, an opportunity to take a break from their day, or just a moment to calm the chatter in the mind. These are only a few of the infinite benefits of yoga. The skills we cultivate on our mat become tools we can apply to manage as gracefully as possible through all the challenging situations that inevitably unfold in our daily life. We use the body to tap into the mind, but ultimately what we discover is that every situation, on and off the mat is an opportunity to practice. The glow of increased physical strength, flexibility and overall health from asana is simply icing on the cake!
To me, all these things make the practice of yoga not only transformative, but completely magical. Sri K. Pattabhi Jois said, “Practice, practice and all is coming.” What is meant by “all”? My personal experience has taught me that “all” means absolutely anything and everything you need."
You can catch Jana's classes at Charlotte Athletic Club and the Harris Y.