Yogi of the Month: Ann Wong

Name: Ann Wong Ann_200x335

Occupation: Stay-at-home mom of 3

Fun fact about you: I enjoy singing!  Usually in the car but occasionally in public (when no one's around, of course).

Favorite yoga pose: I like the transition of up-dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana) to down-dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana).

When not on your mat, where can you be found? In my free time, I jog, take MOOC classes, try new and mostly healthy foods, and volunteer.
How long have you been practicing and what's your latest yoga breakthrough? My yoga journey started in November 2013 at CCY!  I had read about yoga's health benefits and I thought planking was fun.  Along the way, there have been small breakthroughs (and big life lessons) such as thinking I could never do a handstand or headstand (technically, I'm not there yet but I'm not afraid to try) and signing up for class or workshop different from my usual practice (it's energizing to step out of my comfort zone every now and then).

How has yoga impacted your life? Yoga has changed my life immensely.  On a physical level, I've noticed my neck stiffness disappear, more defined muscles, and lower blood pressure.  And who knew that a stronger core, deeper breathing, and "active feet" could increase the distance I jog?  However, yoga has meant more to me on a personal level with a newfound sense of awareness and appreciation of life.  Now, I truly enjoy the songs I sing even though my voice is a bit lacking.