by Catherine Madsen
Bliss Crafter, Austin Yoga Tree
Happy Labor Day! Hope everyone is having a fabulous long weekend! This week, we are talking to the exquisite Edith Troen. She is the other half of last week's interviewee, Jonathan and designated studio mama. Edith continuously pours her heart and soul into our yoga community and it shows! She is unrelenting in her pursuit of developing a thriving, welcoming, and supportive studio that provides others with the opportunity to have their lives changed by the practice of yoga. Let's learn more about Edith...
Tell us about your yoga journey!
Wow! I’ll never forget my first yoga class! I went to my first yoga class when I was 21 years old. My friend basically had to drag me to go. I finally went; it was at one of those stuffy luxury gyms in LA. There were about six people in the room and it was uncomfortably silent. I thought it was crazy that I could hear everyone breathe, what seemed like intentionally loud. I hated it. It was boring. Quite frankly, I was so miserable during class that I can’t even remember what we did. All I remembered after that is that I HATED yoga! I was a runner and a spinner. Yoga was not for me; it was boring. Plus, all those beautiful stories in my head told me I was too good for this!
Ten years later, my roommate Janelle invited to me to go to yoga in Santa Monica. I said, “hell no!” I told her that me and yoga did not like each other and that plus, I didn’t have money. She said she would pay for it and at that point I figured I might as well do it since I didn’t have anything else to do and I was really single; perhaps, I would meet some nice gentleman. I went. And when I showed up, I had to pay $2 for a rental mat since I didn’t own one…I was like, what the heck!!?? (That’s why we don’t charge for people to use our mats.) So, I found myself taking my first “real” yoga class with Bryan Kest. Woo! That gave me the best high of my life. Forget running, forget spinning…hello, YOGA! Yoga became my new favorite activity. After work. After school. During the day and during weekends…yeah, all the time. After a few months of doing yoga non-stop, my good friend Trina told me I should take a class that would teach me alignment so that I could learn how to do the poses right and not hurt myself. A couple of months later, I met Jonathan. My own personal alignment teacher. SCORE!!! Not so single any more, huh! Yoga rocks!
Why do you practice yoga?
I now practice yoga because it helps me stay centered, listen to my body and connect with my soul. Yoga has helped heal many aspects of my life. I now know that I’m “not too good for this” but that yoga is perfect for me, and yoga and I are perfect for each other. We’ve become great friends.
What is your pose of the moment and why?
My favorite, all-time pose is half moon pose. I think it’s such a powerful, feminine pose. It’s challenging, physically and mentally, for me but I always learn something new about my body when I’m in this pose.
You just got out of a soulful, sweaty yoga class, what do you do next?
Drink tons of water! And then I usually thank my body for all it’s hard work.
What is one goal that you are currently working towards?
I’m trying to mediate for 20 minutes, thirty days straight.
What is your spirit animal?
A tiger. I don’t know if this is technically my spirit animal but I feel like I have the heart of a tiger.
What does the word “mindful” mean to you?
Being here now. Aware of my thoughts and sensations. Aware of my words. And NO JUDGEMENT - all is perfect just as it is.