Featured Yogi - Katie Lizmore
I’ve always been an athlete – just not terribly athletic. I enjoy physical activity – just not a fan of competition. I’ve always found I had to drag myself to the gym – until I found yoga. I was continually told by friends and family “you should try yoga,” “you’d really like it”. I took the plunge a few years ago now, and I am so glad I did. Despite the goings-on in my life, I have always found time to regularly go to yoga and it allows me to just stop for an hour and take some time for me. As a new mom (of an adorable 5 month old – Ryan), I don’t feel guilty taking that hour out of my day to practice yoga, as it allows me to be a better, more relaxed, grounded mom – and the core strength is a bonus when carrying my little porker around! Yoga reminds me that I am beautiful – inside and out – and it is necessary to spend time on myself to be the best mom, daughter, wife, and friend I can.
In addition to the physical and emotional benefits that have been derived from my yoga practice, I have met some incredible people. Claudia – my passionate and beautiful instructor, and amazing massage therapist, constantly pushes me in my yoga practice, and has become an amazing friend. If it weren’t for taking that leap of faith and walking into the yoga studio at The Athletic Club – London North, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.
The most recent and perhaps significant benefit of yoga realized itself just over 5 short months ago when I went into labour. It was my yoga breathing that really helped me remain strong, calm and manage the pain I was dealing with. I credit my learned breathing and meditation with the positive experience I had surrounding the birth of my son. It seemed fitting that the last time I practiced yoga was a mere two days before I gave birth! (Not to mentio, Ryan slept in “tree pose” frequently for the first few weeks of his life!)
Yoga has been a game-changer for me. It has provided numerous benefits and has afforded me good strength, health and happiness.
Without a doubt, my biggest inspiration is my son, Ryan. He has brought so much happiness to the lives of not only myself and my husband, but the rest of our family. Ever since I found out I was pregnant, Ryan has been the single most significant motivation for everything I do.
I can’t wait to try mom and baby yoga with Ryan. I know several studios in London offer this, and I look forward to trying it out. Ryan enjoyed yoga while he was in the womb, so he will undoubtedly enjoy it now!
The quote I selected for my mat is “Where there is love, there is life”. I thought this was fitting in the phase of life I have just entered – becoming a mama. Ryan is proof of the life that has come as a result of the love in my marriage.