Happy Monday and happy February! January is already behind us, can you believe it? Time is going fast. For today's #MindfulnessMonday we are continuing to share what yoga means in the lives of different students, teachers and leaders.
Today we are excited to share with you the "My Yoga" of Ruby Knafo. Ruby is a registered occupational therapist and is the studio director at Union Yoga + Wellness in Toronto. Ruby also has a masters in Psychiatry (Research) from McGill University, she has studied mindfulness meditation at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies (Toronto), and the Department of Social Work at the University of Toronto, and she is a registered experienced yoga teacher (RYT-E 200) with Canadian Yoga Alliance. Oh, and she is a mom to a beautiful two-year old boy. And a little fun fact: her first official date with her husband was at a yoga class. Here is what yoga means to Ruby:
My yoga is my "me" time. No phone, no computer, no mid-practice conversations with the person next to me. In other words, it's nothing like my gym workouts where I can't seem to keep myself off my phone - and for what? (what do I think I might miss?!).
While I love the community aspect that some of best yoga studios promote and embody (community was actually the number one motivator for me when I opened my own studio) the 60 or 75 minutes that I am on my mat is sacred quiet time. It's my opportunity to break the cycle of constant distraction and the need to always be thinking and doing - and to just BE. With each breath I wake up to present moment and see myself more clearly. Sometimes I see distraction and irritation and anxiety, sometimes I see judgement and criticism and ego, and sometimes I see acceptance, kindness, and compassion.
My yoga practice has made me more patient and accepting of myself and others, and is much less about the physical aspects of asana than it was 11+ years ago when I took my first class. These days my practice looks more like 10 minutes of meditation and a few minutes of slow and mindful stretching.
If you want to practice with Ruby, look for her at Union Yoga + Wellness in Toronto!
Have a great week everyone, namaste.
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.