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Instructor Spotlight: Bryan Carpenter

This month we are checking in with Bryan Carpenter! Not only does Bryan co-lead Mysore Ashtanga practice for One Yoga on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, but he is also an integral part of our Move Planning Committee!

"Springtime is magical. The transformations I witness unfolding around me allow connection to renewed life and more illumination [I find both of these aspects to be hopeful and energizing]. The transition of seasons here instills the need to adapt and accommodate to the changes surrounding us. This past year has brought me many opportunities to navigate and adapt to change. It is nice to utilize the lessons inherent in the natural world to inform me how to navigate skillfully through the changes forced upon me, the changes I am enacting for myself, and the changes I support within the various communities of which I am a part. My practice and connection to the broad scope of yoga also allows me greater awareness and a template to navigate through change and growth.

One change related directly to the One Yoga community at this time is in finding a new building to house a studio space. I am fortunate enough to be part of the team of people involved in seeking out new spaces [my other day-gig is as an architectural designer for Alchemy Architecture located in Saint Paul, so this is familiar territory for me]. The planning committee and I are viewing new spaces to determine their inherent possibilities for our program and mission, as well as executing possible layouts and design configurations for a future home for One Yoga. This is a really exciting phase due to the many possibilities to consider as we transition to a new space. It is also nice to be able to actively work toward a new gathering spot for our community in the future. Working directly on it brings it so much closer to being a reality as compared to an intention or goal. Small, ever consistent actions bring about transformation; I learned this on my mat.

Currently, to balance, ground, and sustain energy for myself, I am actively seeking sattva through many forms and actions - readings / podcasts / interacting with natural settings and environments / journaling / seeking creative expressions through visual arts, music, movement, poetry / as well as embracing the many limbs of yoga. Experiencing sattva allows me a direct physical + emotional connection beyond my immediate surroundings and circumstance; this broader perspective / energy allows for needed relief and relevance. That, and an occasional taste of dark chocolate helps me with the day to day." - Bryan

Join Bryan from 6:30-9:00am on Mon/Wed/Fri for Mysore.

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