Take Your Yoga Mat With You Wherever You Go
From the desk of Rachel Lappen... I was recently reminded of a moment of sweetness that I experienced while teaching a very early morning Yoga class. The crew of early morning risers arrived promptly to set their intention for the day long before the sun rose. Before the start of class, I performed my typical duty of locking the main lobby door and inviting late comers to enter through the door to the Yoga studio itself.
Occasionally, one or two students quietly step in a few minutes after class starts to join us. On one day in particular, we were moving through the last handful of poses in a deep hip opening sequence when a knock came at the studio door. Slightly confused, I peered out to notice that there was, in fact, someone wanting to get inside. Between cues, I opened the door to a man dressed neatly in a suit and tie who asked to please be let in through the lobby door. While most of the students stirred to witness what was going on, I quietly offered to him that class was nearing its end and that there was another class starting shortly after this one ended that he could attend. But he insisted on getting into the locked studio immediately. A friend offered to step out and assist him in the lobby and shortly came back into the room in time to slip into savasana. After class, she explained to me that he had left his mat at the studio the night before and needed to get it right at that very moment.
My initial reaction to this situation of urgency and chaos turned to peace and gratitude. Each day, each moment, I carry this story with me when I get caught up in my life off the mat. I’ll take this student’s advice… whether you are in your Yoga clothes, or in a suit and tie… on your way to class, or to work… whether literally or figuratively, take your mat with you wherever you go because, truly, we are all ALWAYS on our Yoga mat.
Join me here in the studio for a group class on Thursdays for Yoga for Runners at 7:30 pm-8:30 pm or Fridays for Vinyasa Flow at 7 am-8 am. Or, schedule a private session to learn how to cultivate your own practice to take on the road. Class size is limited to 6 so sign up now to reserve your spot. First time students drop in for only $10! Or, purchase a 3-class pack for $54, a 6-class pack or $96, or a single drop-in for $20. Check out our current class schedule at http://www.ombecenter.com/classes or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Rachael Lappen, Yoga and Wellness Instructor, RYT Rachael, a lifelong fitness and wellness enthusiast and former competitive swimmer with a degree in Biology from Clark University, has been practicing and studying yoga for almost seven years. From her first moments on the yoga mat, she was instantly drawn to the balance of dynamic and meditative movement of energy and the constant evolution of body and mind. She began teaching two years ago and has completed Level 1 and Level 2 Power Vinyasa Teacher Training with Baron Baptiste.
Rachael currently teaches Power and Vinyasa-based yoga classes to students of all levels and ages. She is a member of the Assistant Team at the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute in Cambridge and Brookline, and enjoys teaching in community service venues. Additionally, Rachael continually enriches her professional training and personal journey through workshops with some of the best-known Yogis in the field.
Rachael's classes are accessible to all students, emphasizing proper alignment through modifications. She encourages students to connect to movement with awareness of breath, a light heart, and to be open to new possibilities. Rachael incorporates her yoga practice into all aspects of her life and is endlessly grateful to all of her teachers and mentors. She is honored to share her passion with her students, encouraging them to cultivate their personal authenticity as well as physical health.