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Student of the Month March 2019: Matt Nelson



WHEN DID YOU START YOGA AND WHERE?
My first exposure to yoga was in June 2018. I was introduced to Yoga Tribe by my friend, Hamid, who is a long time member here. “Shh! Shh!” :) 
 
HOW OFTEN DO YOU PRACTICE YOGA?
Initially, my goal was to practice yoga 3-4 times per week. As time went on and I began to see the benefits, I have been trying to come as often as my schedule permits. I recently completed the 30-Day Challenge, which was a big accomplishment for me. Right now, my mindset is, “Why stop at 30?”
 
WHY DO YOU PRACTICE YOGA?
I practice yoga for many different reasons, but my primary reason for trying it was to see if I could reduce certain ailments within my body in a more natural way. Over the past several years, I have been experiencing pain in my lower back (sciatica), shoulders and knees. I also have a history of high cholesterol and borderline high blood pressure. Rather than try and solve these issues with medications and surgery, I was encouraged by Hamid to try and heal my body from the inside out with yoga. 
 
WHAT ARE THE PRIMARY BENEFITS YOU EXPERIENCE?
I have noticed a significant reduction in my stress and anxiety levels. Because of this, I am able to sleep better at night and think more clearly during the day. I have also noticed a reduction of pain in my joints and increased flexibility throughout my body. I have been able to slim down a little bit and my wife has noticed improvements with my skin complexion as well. Woohoo!
 
WHAT IS YOUR MOST CHALLENGING POSTURE? WHY?
Balancing Stick is no joke, but let’s be honest, there is only one pose that has its own “time”……Camel. I’m fairly convinced that this pose was strategically placed in the sequence to play mind tricks on us. Don’t get me wrong, its a great pose if you like feeling lightheaded and out of breath. 
 
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE POSTURE?
My favorite postures are the hip openers, but if I had to pick one, it would be Tree. You have to admit, people who can do this well look like a “boss”. I like that it incorporates balance, stillness, strength, proper posture and flexibility. I also like that there is an advanced pose to look forward to in the future with Toe Stand. Yoga is great in that there is always room to improve and refine your practice.
 
HOW HAS YOUR HOT YOGA PRACTICE IMPACTED OR CHANGED YOUR LIFE?
Although most of my time at Yoga Tribe has been dedicated to Hot Yoga, I have been trying to incorporate Heated Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga classes into my practice as well. My goal is to have balance in my life and I appreciate the variety of classes and instructors that Yoga Tribe offers its community. Yoga has had a grounding effect in my life, both personally and professionally. It has helped to strengthen my mind, body, and spirit. I am excited and thankful for the positive results I have received in a relatively short period of time. I love that there is no such thing as an “end game” in yoga and that there will always be opportunities for new challenges and room to grow. Yoga has shown me that it is possible to find calmness in the midst of an extremely busy life. 

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