Student Spotlight: Emily Taphouse

When did you start coming to Yen Yoga & Fitness?

In December 2011, I took a “free” gentle yoga Saturday morning community class.

After this class, I wanted to know more about this “yoga” stuff. So I made a New Year’s resolution to learn more about yoga. I then signed up with three of my fellow co-workers for a January 2012 workshop taught by Lisa Peacock. It was a four-week course that met on Monday evenings. We learned all about yoga including basic sun salutations. Lisa was so patient and inspiring as she demonstrated the warrior pose, goddess squats, downward dog, etc. During this four-week workshop, I signed up for one month of unlimited classes. I tried every class that I could and realized that there is so much more to yoga and fitness that I wanted to continue exploring and taking more classes, so I purchased a one-year membership. Within months, my family and friends were commenting about my physical and mental changes. They noticed that I looked better and I definitely felt better both physically and mentally. I was hooked for life!

What has been your biggest accomplishment since becoming a member at Yen Yoga & Fitness?

My biggest accomplishment since becoming a member at Yen Yoga & Fitness is staying committed to exercising and staying motivated to always take time for myself and not feel guilty about it. Sometimes as a wife and mother, I would not take time for myself. Yoga has helped me realize that it’s so important to take care of yourself so you can take care of others. I feel so much better for making it a priority to get my yoga fix. It has definitely improved my life!

What is your favorite class?

I love all of the teachers and classes at Yen Yoga so it is hard to choose a favorite class. Some of my favorites are “Slow Burn” with Leslie, “Barre Fusion” with Anna, “Yoga Sculpt” with Ellen, and anything that Amanda Jackson teaches!

Do you have any funny Yen moments you’d like to share, or any “meditations from the mat” moments?

When I was participating in the April 2012 cycle challenge to complete 21 cycling classes in 23 days, I hopped off my bike and felt dizzy. So my advice is to always have enough to drink and eat after a spin class. So when Wes Sovis says to not fall off your stationary bike, I always think that he is speaking to me to make sure that I drink my entire water bottle during a class and to consume enough calories before and after a spin class!

What advice or words of encouragement would you like to pass along to people who haven’t been to Yen Yoga & Fitness?

Come and take a class! The staff, teachers and fellow yogis are friendly and so encouraging. This place is so wonderful and it definitely will help you get through our long Michigan winters!