This September Yoga House hosted a 30-Day Challenge to inspire students to immerse themselves into the discipline to reap the many benefits and to also help them make yoga a part of their lifestyle. Of nearly ten participants in the Challenge, only one person made all 30-days and inspired us all here at Yoga House to learn about her story. Let us introduce and congratulate our first 30-Day Challenge winner, Tina Carter!
Tell us a bit about yourself: where are you from, what do you do for work or favorite hobbies:
I am Brooklyn born and Long Island raised. That’s right you can hear my Long Island accent. This is not the first or the last time that I hear “You are not from around here”. My work brought me to NC in 1997 and lived there for 20 years. I retired as Director, Treasury Services for a manufacturing company. Montrose is the retirement home for my husband and myself. We wanted to try something new in addition to being in an area that promotes and encourages healthy active living. Besides we have been coming out to Colorado for years and wouldn’t it be amazing to live where you play. What made it easier to choose Montrose was that a good friend retired from the Denver area 7 years ago and relocated to Montrose. It is a good thing since we got to experience this area for the last 7 years. Since we have relocated to Montrose (March 2017) ATVing is now part of a fun hobbies. Also love to hike and explore new places.
What inspired you take your first yoga class?
My inspiration for taking my first yoga class is simple. I wanted to feel better. I still identify as a runner and have been fighting injuries for the last 10 years.
What inspired you to take the 30-Day Challenge?
Challenge. I like to be challenged and held accountable. If I was going to give Yoga a try, I needed to go all in.
Did you have a favorite class?
All of the classes are great. It is hard to choose, but if I have to choose it would be Yin Yang Flow
. The holding of the positions make me feel I can accomplish a lot.
What were your experiences and what changes did you notice as you went along?
Yoga requires you to be discipline and mindful. Mindfulness of my choices, i.e. how I eat and listening to my body more. If I am super tired, don’t push as hard. Simple things that can make a big impact.
How has yoga become a part of your life since you took the challenge?
I schedule to take between 3-5 classes a week. I am striving more towards 4 times a week. But sometimes life gets in the way.
Would you recommend yoga to others?
Definitely. Yoga allows you to focus on one thing, that is the thing (position) you are doing. Sometimes it is a struggle to keep focus and not let your mind wander. Practice, practice, practice.