Yogi of the Month: Janette Nogales

Janette Lucia Nogales Mexia (long name!)

I'm a nanny and a freelance designer. 

Fun fact?
I have very loud OM -- let's say it's deep!

Favorite yoga pose?
I love back bending poses, so I'd say Wheel (Urdhva Dhanurasana).

When not on your mat, where can you be found?
Running, walking or wondering around the city, trying food here and there. Spending time with friends.

How long have you been practicing and what's your latest yoga breakthrough?
I took my first yoga class in 2010 and practiced on-and-off for a few years, but since I moved to Boston in January 2014 and started practicing at CCY I practice as much as I can, almost everyday.
My latest yoga breakthrough was to accomplish Eight-Angle Pose (Astavakrasana), being able to do arm balancing poses or inversions has been proof that even when I thought I would never be able to do it I was wrong; I'm stronger than I think, physically and emotionally!

How has yoga impacted your life?
In all the ways possible, I have to say that since I started to practice more often I've noticed changes in the way I see things. But it wasn't until I took my yoga teacher training (which I think everybody should take, not to be a teacher only, but to know yourself better) when I decided not to be a victim anymore and be responsible for the way I react to the situations I experience, to accept myself as I am, and to understand that it's not easy but is a daily practice that's worth doing. I notice that what I project to the world is what I get back in my life. 
A friend said "you are in love with yoga" and I said "how can I not be?". It has brought magic into my life!