Student Feature - Madeline Nassif

My name is Madeline Nassif.  I am 17 years old and am a senior at St. Agnes Academy. My current courses include Astronomy, Social Justice, and the 1960s. Next year, I will be attending the University of Texas at Austin and will study Social Work.

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-How does yoga help you as a student?

As a high school student, my life is filled with projects, tests, and essays. As a senior in high school, my life is filled with the aforementioned list as well as the trials of preparing for college and leaving home. Lately, I have found that breathing—which is so stressed in yoga—has helped me calm down and center myself when I feel that I am being pulled in many directions. Breathing deeply, I feel my body relax and come to center, ready to move on to the next task. As well, adding a yoga class into my tight schedule makes me feel accomplished and reassures me that I can finish my to-do list.

-What do you love about Awakened Yoga?

I love Awakened Yoga because of the community. There’s so much encouragement, so much support, and so much laughter. There’s never judgment. Awakened Yoga makes the practice about the individual, not the ideal.

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-What is your favorite yoga pose?

My favorite yoga pose is bird of paradise.

-What is your favorite style of yoga or class at Awakened Yoga?

My favorite type of class is Hot Flow, although I also enjoy Forrest.

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