Meet Vance: when it comes to extending his passion for the practice beyond the mat, he's the real deal. Get to know him Thursdays + Saturdays in Move Light or THIS Saturday at our first year birthday party. Learn more about this teacher that guides + moves us, below:
What was your path to finding yoga / what drew you to the practice?
I’ve always loved anything to do with fitness and spent a lot of time at the gym. It wasn’t until a friend of mine invited me to try yoga with him that I found something that really changed my life. I discovered it was way more than stretching. It was about finding acceptance in your life and creating peace within yourself, and this was all happening on my mat!
The spiritual practice of yoga is what keeps me coming back. As somebody who has struggled with addiction and mental health issues, my practice has allowed me to find myself through the chaos that can show up in my mind.
How do you incorporate the practice into your life off the mat?
I live by the philosophy of yoga so I really am in my practice every moment. It guides me through being aware of my feelings and trusting my intuition. Whenever I feel lost or stressed I know I need to stop and take a moment to slow down my breath. It reminds me I’m right where I am supposed to be.
Plans for the warmer months?
I love to travel so I have a couple small trips coming up including D.C. and to my hometown in Saskatchewan for a family visit.
What influences are infusing into your teaching style atm?
At the moment I’m learning a lot about mental control and different ways to meditate to go to a deeper state. I want to bring more focus to the awareness of the mind to my students. I’m hoping to teach others they have so much more power over their lives than they know.
Other kinds of movement you dig to compliment your yoga practice?
I love to dance! So lately I’ve been doing a lot of dance classes, which has actually given me a similar feeling to what yoga does. It gets you out of your head and you can push past some mental blocks just by dropping it low!
You're teaching our second free Move class at the Good Space birthday party June 15th, and you've also been with us since day one. What does being apart of this community mean to you?
Being apart of Good Space has been such a wonderful experience! I’ve been able to meet so many people, some who have been coming to my classes since day one. I’ve truly grown to care about everyone who shows up. I’m so proud of the work they put into their practice. I am so grateful to be apart of such a unique, kind and beautiful yoga studio.
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