Nikki Johnson

Community Yoga is...
rewarding, fun, and hard work

The pose I love the most...
headstand… minus the time I kicked that lady in the face (sorry Sara)

My yoga practice...
centering

The breath is...
Mandy’s lion, Patrick’s academy award and Caroline’s giant smile

The pose I love to hate...
chair

 
Nikki Johnson
 

Love is...
laughter and a home cooked meal

Community means...
proximity in spirit, regardless of time or space

My favorite mantra...
Champions do ordinary things better than everybody else does them.

What makes me come alive...
cathartic sweat

The soundtrack to my life...
has a lot of 90’s R&B

 
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Danielle Giovannone

Community Yoga is...
my secret hideaway from all the “agida” of life. 

The pose I love the most...
Dancer: brings a smile to my face instantly because it brings me back to my childhood when I did ballet. and Crow pose: it was the first arm balance I ever learned.

My yoga practice...
helps transition my mind back inward to find calm, focus, balance, strength, challenge & love.

The breath is...
my balance.

The pose I love to hate...
E
agle, a pose of trust, balance, commitment, strength & surrender.

 
Danielle Giovannone
 

Love is...
something unspoken, something you just know, something you feel throughout your body, something words can never describe.

Community means...
togetherness.

My favorite mantra...
balance & transition.

What makes me come alive...
Traveling. It’s an opportunity to experience something new & unknown, to learn about different cultures, to eat amazing foods, to see history with your eyes, to meet amazing people.  “Rester, c’est exister. Mais voyager, c’est vivre,” “To stay in one place is to exist. But to travel is to live.” - Gustave Nadaud, French writer

The soundtrack to my life...
80s hairbands, Depeche Mode, Tool, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Joel, Mozart.

 
Danielle Giovannone
 

George Panciera

Community Yoga is...
a haven where everyone is accepted and value; a place where you can bask in the energy created by a roomful of yogis moving together.

The pose I love the most...
twisting poses, especially side angle.  I love wringing out my body. It’s so good for your spine; it lengthens your bones and creates space between your vertebras

My yoga practice...
has completely transformed my life.  It's the focal point of my physical and mental well being

The breath is... 
a powerful way to direct oxygen into stressed out parts of my body.  Outside of my class, I breathe to drive away anxiety, and to pace myself while I’m cycling up big hills

The pose I love to hate...
t
he whole balancing series - anything on one leg. However, this taught me to wickedly laugh at myself and to be OK with constantly falling out

 
George Panciera
 

Love is...
being with my family, getting hugs from my granddaughters

Community means...
b
eing compassionate, empathetic  and supporting each other.  Looking at life through the eyes of the person you pass by on the street, or on the mat next to you.  

My favorite mantra...
”We’re all bozo’s on this bus”  credit:  The Firesign Theater

What makes me come alive..  
spending the day (week or month) pedaling my bike down country roads, anything my wife Halina cooks, making wooden toys for my little ones and furniture for my kids, and fixing broken things.

The soundtrack to my life...
Led Zep, the Who, Hendrix, Talking Heads, Bob Marley, DMB, U2

 
George Panciera
 

Pete Schnabel

Community Yoga is...
AWESOME, grounding, moving, motivating, stretching, community, and much more

The pose I love the most…
binds - I enjoyed getting all twisted up and then unwinding 

My yoga practice...
grounds  me, lets me look inside and be a better version of myself while pushing myself mentally and physically

The breath…
fills me up, and empties me out so I can start fresh

The pose I love to hate…
Camel - I enjoy opening my heart, but it's a challenge to get into the pose so it keeps me coming back

 
Pete Schnabel
 

Love is…
a warm embrace, direction when you're lost, an ear to listen, and a hand to pick you up when you fall

Community means…
a group of people with similar goals reaching to be their best

My favorite mantra…
never settle and, when a door closes another one opens 

What makes me come alive…
pushing myself and seeing how far I can go.

The soundtrack to my life…
is something from the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Dave Matthews, or something I haven't found yet...

 
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Melissa Carnecki

Community Yoga is...
Where I can come and escape the stress and everyday life; it is my happy place. 

The pose I love the most...
Triangle, Wheel, anything that opens my hips

My yoga practice...
is where I drop everyday stress. A space to decompress, strengthen my body, energize, and stretch

The breath is...
where I tune out distractions and reset. 

The pose I love to hate...
bound triangle. 

 
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Love is...
being with family, friends, and practicing yoga. 

Community means...
people coming together. 

My favorite mantra...
breathe in love, breathe out stress and kill 'em with kindness

What makes me come alive...
yoga, music, dancing, and being with friends and family

The soundtrack to my life...
too many songs to choose from.

 
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Amanda Baldwin

Community Yoga is...
my happy place.  As I ride my bike to the studio I can feel the stress of the day melting away.  

The pose I love the most... 
Dancer is one of my favorites.  On days that I can garner my balance it feels empowering.  At the same time I love back bends and stretches.  Dancer is a combination of many things that helps me to get out of my head and be in the moment.  

My yoga practice...
is a continuous journey.  Now that I am pregnant I am physically limited, but I get to be creative and focus on gratuity for the ability to still practice.  

The breath is...
imperative.  It doesn't come naturally to me, so the breath is one of the biggest benefits of my practice for my life.  

The pose I love to hate...
anything that focuses on core. My favorite thing is for the instructors to trick me into doing core work without knowing it.  

Love is...
Easier for me to accept and share once I spend some time cultivating breath and gratitude in a good yoga class. 

Love is powerful beautiful scary and everywhere sometimes you just have to look super hard

Community means...
home.  I love having a gathering place of community members that feels so supportive.    

My favorite mantra...
I don't remember if it was Mandy or Caroline who taught me this mantra to go with my breath, but it has really stuck.  It is a good one that helps me to keep the lists from running through my head. 

(IN) What time is it?  (OUT) It is now.

(IN) Where am I? (OUT) I am here. 

What makes me come alive...
a good sweat from a hot yoga class.  I can't wait to get back to hot yoga after this little boy comes!  

The soundtrack to my life... 
would be a very interesting mix of 90's rap, blue grass, a little Sinatra/Buble, Beyonce, Motown, and of course Justin Timberlake.

Amanda Baldwin

Vincent Vitali

The pose I love the most...
Utthita Pasvakonasana (extended side angle pose) because I love the deep stretching sensation I feel from my back to my fingertips and utilizing all the muscles in my body to extend and twist which each breath just feels so damn good! 

My yoga practice...
Constantly reminds me of the power behind the breath; on and off the mat. 

The breath is...
The only way to start and end my practice strong. If my mind is racing then my breath is lacking and it clearly shows in my physical practice. Breath is they key ingredient to staying strong and syncing Mind, Body and Soul. 

The pose I love to hate...
Urdhva Dhanurasana (wheel pose). My lower back doesn't jive well in this asana.

 
Vincent Vitali Community Maker Charleston
 

Love is...
The only thing that truly matters, everything else is secondary. 

Community means...
Sharing a common goal with strangers, being supportive along the way and becoming friends by the end.

My favorite mantra...
The sweet is never as sweet without the sour. 

What makes me come alive...
Spontaneity - Being impulsive has rewarded me with the best experiences of my life. 

The soundtrack to my life...
Barcelona by George Ezra - Everyone has a happy place and Barcelona is mine. 

 
Vincent Vitali
 

Laura Lohnes

Community yoga is...my little sanctuary. A home where I actually get shit done (can I say shit?).

The pose I love the most...all the hip openers. And puppy pose! 

My yoga practice...fills me with both pride and humility. A reminder of my strength and of my room for growth. 

The breath is...the hardest part -- harder than the hardest posture! 

The pose I love to hate...eagle. 

 
Laura Lohnes
 

Love is...the path of least resistance.

Community means...offering what you have and taking what you need in return. 

My favorite mantra...Here I am. 

What makes me come alive...time. The absence of hurry. The freedom to be unstructured.

The soundtrack to my life...this is impossible to answer! Anything from Louis Prima to Frank Ocean. Music is my other love.

 
Laura Lohnes
 

Nicole Garcia

Community Yoga is
like a good friend; warm and accepting but not afraid to challenge you.

The pose I love the most
I love humble warrior. It is a good heart opener, but I also love what it demonstrates; a warrior who bows with their hands bound behind them, to me it's a pose that encourages peace.

My yoga practice
has helped me realize my strength.

The breath is
grounding.

The pose I love to hate
standing Splits.

 
Nicole Garcia
 

Love is
powerful, beautiful, scary, and everywhere (sometimes you just have to look super hard).

Community means
so much to much to me.After moving across the country a couple times and experiencing some hard months, I am always amazed, inspired by, and so grateful for the people who help lift me up, who are close and far in proximity, when I feel like I can't move forward.

My favorite mantra
she believed she could, so she did.

What makes me come alive
helping people.

The soundtrack to my life
any pop-punk or emo from the early 2000s!

 
Nicole Garcia
 

Alex Hellams

Community Yoga is... a place where people from all walks of life come together to drop their story and create something powerful for themselves and everyone they are sharing their practice with.

The pose I love most... well there are two. I love grasshopper because it is the first pose that I focused time and practice to achieve and have been able to reach my goal. My other favorite is handstand because that is where my current focus lies, still can't quite nail it (and occasionally crash into walls in class) but I'm getting closer each time I come to my mat.

My yoga practice is... evolving. It started as a place to help me become a better, stronger runner and has grown into such a vital part of my daily life.

The breath is... the reason for practice. I truly believe that without it, there is no yoga.

 
Alex Hellams
 

Community means... coming together to support one another through good and bad.  Each human has their own story that brings them to where they are today which is very easy to forget when you are caught up in your own life. Community means putting aside my own "stuff" to help uplift those around me.

My favorite mantra is... be here. Whether in yoga or in life, I am always on the run fitting in one thing in after the next so I am consciously trying to tell myself to be where I am and worry about later, later.

The soundtrack to my life... the short answer is it depends. I really go back and forth between John Mayer radio and Justin Timberlake radio on Pandora. I don't care what anyone says, JT has it going on.

If I could high-five anyone right now... it would be my little brother Ben.  He is stupid smart and getting into and receiving scholarships to all the colleges he has applied to. I am super proud and wish I was there to give him a high five!!🖐

The pose I love to hate... are Mandy's "elevators". Holy burning core!

 
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