I am all about community and finding inspiration everywhere. I love our community. I want to get to know each other well so I have designed a feature meet and greet. This month I introduce to you, Brenda Reid. Brenda Reid has been a community yogini for a long time. I am inspired by her work to celebrate and encourage diversity in all aspects of her life. She is a trailblazer for diversity in her company. I am proud to know her. Please meet Brenda Reid
When did you start practising yoga?
My yoga journey started in 2003 when a group of friends dragged me to a class over our lunch hour at work. I was nervous! Thanks to a compassionate and fantastic instructor who offered modifications where I needed them and focused heavily on connecting the breath I was hooked immediately. The calm it brought me was life changing.
Why do you practice yoga?
I have a sign in my yoga space that reads “I bend so I don’t break”, it’s a bit cliché but this really defines why I practice. Yoga pushes me physically in a way that strengthens my body and alleviates pain from 20 years of arthritis, but more importantly to me are the mental benefits. My practice is my outlet for stress and a busy mind. I can’t worry about other things when I’m focusing inward, breathing through poses and meditating. My practice reminds me to be compassionate to myself and ultimately to others.
What is your favourite style to practice?
Restorative – the focus on holding poses longer, breathing, and healing is ideal for me. I am also very interested in taking a Yin class this fall for many of the same reasons.
What is favourite pose?
This is a tough one! It really depends on what my body and mind are needing that day. Vriksasana (Tree) and Garudasana (Eagle) are my staples when I need focus and to calm my mind. Kapotasana (Pigeon) brings me tremendous release and is my go-to when I’m feeling overwhelmed or emotional.
What is your biggest aha moment about yourself that your yoga practice helped you realize?
My practice has really taught me compassion. Compassion toward myself in realizing my mind and body change every day. What I was capable of yesterday I may not be today, and that’s ok! That compassion and the principle of ahimsa have helped me refocus my view of the world and how I can use my privilege to help others. That like ripples in a pond, one person’s actions can make a difference in the world.
Thank you Brenda for being a Trailblazer. Thank you for sharing your yoga.