Ahimsa La Grange Student Spotlight: Michele Crawford
Meet Michele Crawford, 46, La Grange
Michele is also on of our workstudy students in La Grange (you can meet her Tuesday evenings) and has been practicing at Ahimsa Berwyn since 2016.
What do you do when you're off your mat?
I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, and taking long walks in nature.
What brought you to Ahimsa for the first time?
I had recently moved from Chicago to the Western suburbs and was looking for a new studio to call home. I tried the Ahimsa new student special and knew this was the studio for me.
What's your favorite thing about this studio?
I would have to say the sense of community I feel here. Instructors and work/study students alike go out of their way to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable. Aside from daily classes, Ahimsa offers a rich variety of workshops and community events for students to engage in. Serving as work/study at the LaGrange studio has allowed me to get to know fellow students on another level, which I feel has deepened my experience of community at Ahimsa.
What is your favorite type of yoga class (hatha, yin, vinyasa, etc.) and why?
Hatha is my ultimate favorite, although I do also enjoy Vinyasa. I try to get a good mix of the two on a weekly basis. I appreciate the longer holds in hatha which allow me to really get into and enjoy the pose. Longer holds can be just as, and often times, more challenging than a faster pace Vinyasa class. I find the quality of my mind makes all the difference.
What's your advice for someone coming to yoga for the very first time?
Leave your fears and expectations at the door.
What has your practice given you?
A greater sense of self-awareness and self-acceptance.
What's your favorite pose?
Trikonasana, triangle pose. I love the feelings of balance and openness I experience in this pose.
What's your least favorite pose?
Lately, it’s Virabhadrasana 1, warrior 1 pose.
Tell us something unusual about yourself?
I enjoy washing the dishes.
What 3 words would a good friend use to describe you?
Positive, caring, and patient
What's your guilty pleasure/s?
Have you made any changes in your life as a result of your yoga practice?
I have made so many little changes along my yoga journey. I would say the biggest change I have made is committing to a daily meditation practice.
If you were having a dinner party and could invite anyone you wanted, who would they be?
Given that the question does not stipulate they have to be living, I would invite Maya Angelou, Martin Luther King Jr. and Bob Marley.