James Stiner’s Story:
What brought you to Yoga? I can’t say that I brought myself to yoga, an accurate description would be that I followed spiritual signposts to the practice. I am connected to a lot of people who have helped me become the person I am today. Yoga kept showing up in my life in conversation with people, people who I knew were doing it and getting some peace of mind from the practice. I would notice it mentioned in conversation, or see it on social media, or hear about it on a podcast (Ram Dass/Mindrolling/Dharmaseed) . I noticed it, a suggestion of the universe perhaps, and saw there was perhaps some peace to be had there, some internal discovery, some potential of something.
What is your Journey like now? So, I started a practice because there was a community class at Liberty Yoga that offered meditation, and it was local. Prior to that, I would travel to vipassana retreats (imcw.org). The first class I had was with Gwen (Hi Gwen!), and I would bring my daughters with me when I had them. They’re big fans of hers. My body and mind feel generally better with yoga, compared to without and my goal is to integrate the practice in my own life. Allowing yoga to be more than an hour, to be embraced and used in my daily routine. And it’s all because of my humanness that I do it, the things that come up and twists and turns and feelings and neuroses, but it’s because I have faith there is a way to alleviate that suffering through meditation and movement I continue.
What has been your experience at Liberty Yoga? It’s because of the that I chose to enroll in the YTT offered here. I don’t plan to teach or have an agenda, just the pursuit of spiritual growth because I’m learning how to live anew. How to get over myself, get over my ‘stuff’. So, quietly moving towards a goal of being better is where I am. That’s what I’m checking in with. I’d like to offer my assessment of Liberty Yoga… I feel like I’m not being sold anything at Liberty Yoga, no one is telling me what to do or think or buy. I get to practice with knowledgeable and professional instructors. And strong, strong asf. That’s what I love about the place. Christine & Erin, thank you for the opportunity to share.