The Student Spotlight

I took my first yoga class on a Saturday morning in the summer of 2008. It was super challenging, hot, strenuous, and surprisingly fun. Over the past 10 years, I have practiced over a 1,000 times and the rewards are amazing. 

In the beginning, I encountered some immediate physical gratification from having a consistent yoga practice. During the first year of my practice, I lost 50 pounds. I experienced an increase in my energy, flexibility, and strength in a supportive and welcoming environment. My yoga practice has prepared me physically to enjoy and appreciate skiing, cycling, and running in my forties’ with few to no aches and pains. 

Over time, I began to see how yoga has impacted me mentally and emotionally. Five years ago, my family and I experienced some tremendous changes. Over the course of 18 months, my father, my grandmother, my uncle, my wife’s father, and my wife’s cousin all passed away. It was, and still is, challenging for me. My faith and my yoga practice provide me with the tools to keep a positive focus when facing adversity. This practice has brought mental clarity to my personal and professional life that has allowed me to slow down when necessary and speed up when appropriate. It is a true blessing to be able to practice this moving meditation. 

The Inner Fire Yoga community of amazing teachers and students is something that I am grateful for every day. And as many of you know my wife, Katherine Vieau, is an instructor at the studio. I thank and credit her for challenging me to go to my first yoga class, supporting my practice, and being an amazing teacher. Never stop practicing.

Penn Vieau | February 2018 Issue