Student of the Month: Becky Vest

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I decided to do yoga this summer as part of a deal I made with my friend Emily.  An avid cyclist, my goal with doing yoga was to help ease my sore hips and back from riding and uphold my end of the deal with Emily.  I typically do not have a tendency to try new things, so doing yoga was way out of my comfort zone.  I found that I enjoy the challenge of yoga.  Every session I attend, I want to get better.  I strive to go deeper into poses, hold poses for the duration of what my teachers ask, and try a new variation as I progress.  I am a competitive person and yoga has tapped the inner competitor in me, which I did not expect when I first got on my mat.  At the same time, the slow pace of yoga has been good for me.  I am constantly on the go and rarely sit still, so slowing down and breathing has reminded me to be patient, extend myself grace, and be proud of myself for trying something new.  The kindness and encouragement from my teachers at Pure has made my experience rewarding and fun.  I am appreciative of each of them and the hard work they put into teaching me.


 

teacher of the month: Jyssica Miller

What are 3 things you are looking forward to?

1.        My younger sister and brother-in-law are coming into town this month. I always look forward to spend quality time with them both. 

2.        Ski season. I love the challenge. Nothing better than a long pow day leaving the slopes exhausted and sore then waking up the next day wanting more. 

3.        A new episode of Game of Thrones on Sunday nights. This show is addicting. I will be sad when it is over. 

 What is a fun fact about you?

Growing up I was deathly afraid of of video cameras. I literally had a melt down in every single one of them until I was a teenager. My girlfriends and I dressed up to make funny music videos. My sister would say hers were better. It is true. Mine are the videos you made thinking you were cool but in actuality just very awkward. Being filmed still makes me nervous. 

 What is the biggest life lesson you have learned so far?

Assuming and setting expectations on someone gets you no where. Communication is super important. You have no idea what someone else is thinking unless you have a conversation. In those talks, let go of judgement or predictions to let the person tell you their story. Listening is different then hearing. Life becomes simpler when we are present.

What (besides yoga) is your favorite thing to do?

Morning walks with my dog, Josie Einstein. I love a consistent morning routine and so does she.  Everyday, rain or shine, I get woken up at around 6am by Josie's sweet face. She waits patiently for me to move before placing her head on my chest. When we walk out the front door, she always looks back with her big dog smile. We tour the neighborhood as the world wakes up. Our walks are special. 

 What 3 things are you most grateful for?

1. Mother Nature - A planet that allows me to exist and explore. 

2. My health - I am thankful to be able to wake up, move, and breathe.  

3. Skyler, Josie, my family, my work families, and close friends - the people who surround me 24/7 and they all are my biggest cheerleaders with everything I do. I am beyond grateful for each individual.

 Share anything else you would like people to know about you!

I am a dental hygienist. I also have the biggest sweet tooth. Balance is everything right?!  I have a very hard time turning down dark chocolate. . . or cookies. . . maybe even ice cream.  Every night I have a small treat. Sometimes on date nights, dessert comes before actual dinner. Life is short. I believe we should treat ourselves. Just don't forget to brush and floss!