I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with yoga. I love doing it and I feel a lot better when I do, but then I hate myself when I put it off for weeks at a time. So when I first heard of Yoga in Weird Places
I immediately loved the idea. I would be much less likely to put it off if it wasn’t in my boring living room. Who doesn’t love a rooftop with a view? Who doesn’t love a good post-workout mimosa?
Yoga in Weird Places has a benefit event tonight at 7pm on the rooftop of Frazier History Museum
. I caught up with YIWP’s fearless leader Joycie Hester to see what this crazy idea is all about. Read on to find out more.
Never Nervous: What is Yoga in Weird Places?
Joycie Hester: Yoga in Weird Places was born after graduating from my yoga teacher training program early this year. I’ve assembled a crew of some of (in my opinion) the best yoga teachers in the city to teach inclusive, fun, weird classes in cool and unique spots in our beautiful city.
I think that some people have an unrealistic expectation that you have to have a certain level of flexibility or athleticism to practice in a studio space. Although this is completely untrue, it does scare a lot of people away from studios- people who are absolutely welcome and people who can benefit immensely from the benefits of a regular yoga practice.
I used to call myself a “walking yoga commercial.” I’ve seen so much mental and physical growth since I’ve started my personal practice that I desperately want to share it with my friends and family but because of the intimidation factor it’s not super easy to get everybody on board with my passion. Yoga in Weird Places gives me access to share my love for yoga with everybody- my friends, family, and our awesome community in this city. Inclusion is the name of our game- everybody and anybody can take our classes! We encourage fun, laughter, hard work, and connection.
NN: Is there an advantage or enlightenment that comes from being out of your comfort zone?
JH: I can’t speak on enlightenment because unfortunately, I haven’t reached it yet. The advantages that come from being outside of your comfort zone are limitless. We have no idea what we can do or how far we can actually go if we stay comfortable. How can anybody know how strong they are if they don’t do hard things? Not only do I encourage stepping out of your comfort zone, I think it’s a necessary step towards growth. Do hard things!
“The advantages that come from being outside of your comfort zone are limitless.”
NN: How often are “Yoga in Weird Places” events happening?
JH: Two classes per week. We also schedule free pop up and event style classes throughout the month- we have some very exciting class announcements coming soon! Follow our Facebook page for the most up to date class schedules.
NN: Where have you been teaching recently?
Saturday mornings at Monnik
at 11am. Class is $12 and includes a draft beer after class. Sunday mornings at 8up (on the rooftop) at 10am. Class is $12 and includes a mimosa after class
NN: Tell me about the event at Frazier History Museum?
JH: The class will be held on Tuesday, 9/4 at 7pm on the roof of the Frazier History Museum. Proceeds from the class will be split between Kentucky Yoga Initiative and the Frazier History Museum.
NN: What exactly does the Kentucky Yoga Initiative provide for the area?
JH: Kentucky Yoga Initiative’s outreach program brings yoga to people who may not otherwise be exposed to it. From halfway homes to community health centers and organizations working with at risk youth, KYI strives to create possibility and empowerment in each person’s life through the physical practice of yoga. They also offer a scholarship program that provides opportunities for individuals interested in yoga teacher training or workshops that would benefit the work of KYI.
“Kentucky Yoga Initiative strives to create possibility and empowerment in each person’s life through the physical practice of yoga.”
NN: What is the weirdest place you’ve ever done yoga?
JH: One of the best things about yoga is that you can do it virtually anywhere. I travel a lot and I love finding space to roll out my mat in an airport during a layover to stretch my body. I’ve practiced yoga on mountain tops and on the edge of cliffs in southern Utah. I’ve also taught in a glass blowing studio and at music festivals.
NN: Where do you stand on Goat Yoga? What about DDP yoga? Do you have a least favorite kind of Yoga?
JH: I’m a YES for any type of yoga. Yoga has been evolving for thousands of years- why not? Yoga is a personal practice and while some of us use it to yolk our bodies and minds, some use it primarily as an exercise and that’s ok! Some people use it to get together with their friends and see some cute animals and THAT’S OK! Some people use it as an excuse to get together and have brunch and mimosas on a rooftop and guess what……THAT’S OK TOO! A lot of really wonderful people in the yoga community got their start just by having curiosity about an interesting yoga class. My least favorite style of yoga would probably be Bikram.