By: Erica Mestyanek, Editor Dallas Yoga Magazine & Co-Founder Cosmic Yogi Movement
When you think of an early morning yoga class, you typically do not think of it being at a music venue in downtown Deep Ellum, Dallas. However, on Friday, October 13th more than 200 yogis came together at The Bomb Factory for just that. Adriene Mishler, the founder of Yoga with Adriene, blessed us with her “Find What Feels Good” Roadshow and Dallas was one of the 10 lucky cities this social media sensation stopped in. From the very beginning, the energy was great. As everyone was arriving, you could feel the excitement in the air! The incredible thing about Adriene is, even though she is traveling to promote her online yoga business, she genuinely is not in the business of taking away from yoga studios in each city she visited. She encouraged everyone to not only find time to practice at home, but to also check out local studios if they already were not a part of one. We had a chance to catch up with a couple attendees and helpers after the show. Here is what they had to say.
“My sister, Amy Villamil and I assisted Adriene’s Master Class. It was wonderful and such an honor to be part of such a unique yoga experience. Adriene and her whole team were incredibly gracious and a delight to work with. It was cool to be with 200+ brave souls who were willing to take part in a public yoga class in an amazing venue like the Bomb Factory. Adriene was so warm, funny and easy to relate to and it is no wonder that she has such a huge following through her YouTube Channel. She said that some of the students might be attending their first public yoga class! As a studio teacher, I often find a home practice intimidating. Therefore, it was interesting to consider how beautifully Adriene is leading a home practice for so many students and reaching such wide audience. The best part of the experience was witnessing everyone coming together to practice and to be in community.” Maria Karnes & Amy Villamil, Teacher at The Sanctuary Yoga Room.
“Having practiced with Yoga with Adriene at home for a few years now made the experience feel like I was meeting up with an old friend. Adriene did not disappoint with her therapeutic teaching style, highlighting the importance of practicing self-love and self-esteem on and off the mat. I loved the sequence, it was both challenging while also leaving room to modify if you were not feeling like pushing it that morning. In addition, I fell in LOVE with her music playlist for the whole class. I’ve been using it in my own yoga classes and the students love the variety.” Marissa Soto, Teacher at Arlington Yoga Center.
You can reach Erica at Erica@dallasyogamagazine.com