Ahimsa Berwyn Student Spotlight: Myra Trejo
Meet Myra Trejo!
Myra Trejo was one of Ahimsa Berwyn's FIRST students! I distinctly remember speaking to her on the phone while Masin and I were at IKEA getting lights for the studio. She is now a HUGE fan of yoga and exudes love and positive energy. We are so honored to spotlight her in August and happy to have her back after her recent cancer treatments. Go Myra!
What do you do when you are off the mat?
Listen to music, read, walk, enjoy time with my family and 4 grandkids (ages 12, 6, & twins 7.5)
What brought you to Ahimsa for the first time?
I used to practice yoga at a young age, but this was interrupted after I married, and had my two kids. It wasn’t until after divorce, leaving my dentistry practice, moving to this country and starting up my new life that I was able to pick it back up. I stopped into the studio, after seeing the Ahimsa Yoga Studio sign on my drive to work, one day to get information and spoke with a very kind instructor (Melissa Simo). Day by day I took more classes with different teachers and by the time the 2 month special offer was over, I was ready to become an annual member here!
What's your favorite thing about this studio?
The studio is cozy and snug and class meditations fill my spiritual needs!
What’s your favorite type of yoga class and why?
Iyengar, Hatha, Yin, Vinyasa Flow, and Restorative because I like to feel flexible, work on my breath, move my body and practice meditation!
What is your advice for someone coming to yoga for the very first time?
Be constant, persevere, persist, be disciplined and meditate!
What has your practice given you?
Motivation! Coming back to yoga practice gave me motivation and kept me thinking that age is just a number. If you make yourself strong inside and out, and keep a positive attitude, yoga is going to be your lifestyle! Age is not an obstacle to practice yoga! Yoga helps to make your life better!
I was diagnosed with colon cancer and was in and out of the hospital from 2016-2018. Ahimsa was there for me during this time, I received a beautiful card from the instructors here, and was visited by Kevin Leep, who helped me with my meditation to prepare for radiation and chemotherapy. Yoga helped me before, during and after my medical treatments to come back with elasticity, spiritual help, and to make me stronger! I’ve officially been back at the studio since May 16, starting with restorative classes, but am already able to practice Vinyasa Flow and do shoulder and headstands!
What is your favorite pose?
Warrior poses, half moon (with props and a wall for support), headstands, shoulderstands, frog pose and legs up the wall!
What is your least favorite pose?
Chaturanga as I have some limitations that make this hard to do.
Tell us something unusual about yourself.
I graduated as a dentist (but not in this country), but when I moved here I was unable to continue to practice here, and became a dental assistant instead. I learned that “in life, sometimes you lose something, but you are still able to be a winner!” This is how I feel with my career...I’m still a winner for coming to America!
Also, I am a colon cancer survivor and feeling strong with all the yoga classes I’m taking at the studio!
What 3 words would a good friend use to describe you?
Perseverance, Brave, Noble. But I’ve also been told I’m smiley :) and quick to give!
What's your guilty pleasures?
Chocolate ice cream
Have you made any changes in your life as a result of your practice?
Yes! More discipline in everything!
If you were to have a dinner party and could invite anyone you wanted who would they be?
Of course my family, the Ahimsa family (including Mona & her husband, Kevin & his wife, Kelly, Carol, Chuck, Ashley H, Angie B, Masin, Melissa S, Ashley P, Caitlin, Lori, Laura, Letty, Liz, Rachel N., Susanne, Clara, & Megan), my sister and 4 nieces with husbands