Meet Mary Perez, immigration lawyer and avid yogini, who practices at The House of Yogi, often with her teenage daughter (who is already a 200-hour certified yoga teacher and is still in high school!). Mary is quick with a smile and always looking to advance her practice. She’s a dedicated student and an integral part of The House of Yogi family. She’s agreed to share a bit more about her practice with us. Check out her Student Spotlight below:
What brought you to The House of Yogi for the first time, Mary?
I was so excited about the opening of The House of Yogi because Shaun was one of my favorite instructors at another studio and I really missed his classes.
What’s your favorite thing about the studio?
The diversity of the instructors and the strong sense of community.
When did you begin practicing yoga & why?
In November of 2012 I started practicing yoga because I turned the age my dad turned when he developed leukemia, and I was having my own health issues. Practicing yoga daily completely transformed by body and mind.
What has your yoga practice given you?
My yoga practice has allowed me to develop a healthy relationship with my body.
What have been your biggest obstacles in your practice?
What’s your advice for someone coming to yoga for the very first time?
Don’t compare yourself with others, try to honor yourself for where you are in the moment.
Tell us something unusual about yourself.
I have the most amazing teenage daughter in the world.
What three words would your best friend use to describe you?
Fearless, dedicated and sensitive.
What’s your guilty (or not so guilty) pleasure?
Why would you encourage others to give The House of Yogi a try?
There is a good variety of instructors and the community is very inclusive. Unlike other studios, you don’t feel that competitive vibe when you practice. You leave feeling inspired. And there are always amazing workshops!