At Soul Story Yoga, we are inspired by our members' dedication to yoga on and off the mat. The Soul Story Yoga Yogi of the Month recognizes the amazing people who come to our studio and gives a platform to share their yoga journeys.

 
  March 2018 - Deanna Branaugh   What is your occupation? "I am the Educator/Coordinator for the Yankton County Parents as Teachers Program and a retired state employee."  What is an unexpected benefit you have from practicing yoga at SSY? "I love the studio setting and really enjoy the comradery from the other people taking the class. Sharing something you love with others who also enjoy it is the best."   Finish this sentence. Yoga is ... "a means of finding a way to challenge my body but also to clear my brain—which is in perpetual motion. I come to yoga for savasana."   What fills your cup? What grounds you? "Time spent with friends or family doing yoga, walking, kayaking or watching a ball game. I love to embrace nature and all that God has created. I think I feel most grounded when I have some quiet time."   How long have you been practicing yoga? Why did you start practicing yoga? "I have been practicing yoga for about 14 years. I took a class at First Fitness that Liz Isburg-Dooley was teaching and thought, 'OH MY! what did I get into?' I went to the library and checked out a Lilias Folan VHS tape and did home practice until I learned some of the poses. I would say that Lillias really got me hooked!! And then Rebecca Johnson and Ruth Steil helped me continue my practice, as well as a few classes from Liz, Dennis, and Jan at the Wellness Center."

March 2018 - Deanna Branaugh

What is your occupation? "I am the Educator/Coordinator for the Yankton County Parents as Teachers Program and a retired state employee."

What is an unexpected benefit you have from practicing yoga at SSY? "I love the studio setting and really enjoy the comradery from the other people taking the class. Sharing something you love with others who also enjoy it is the best." 

Finish this sentence. Yoga is ... "a means of finding a way to challenge my body but also to clear my brain—which is in perpetual motion. I come to yoga for savasana." 

What fills your cup? What grounds you? "Time spent with friends or family doing yoga, walking, kayaking or watching a ball game. I love to embrace nature and all that God has created. I think I feel most grounded when I have some quiet time." 

How long have you been practicing yoga? Why did you start practicing yoga? "I have been practicing yoga for about 14 years. I took a class at First Fitness that Liz Isburg-Dooley was teaching and thought, 'OH MY! what did I get into?' I went to the library and checked out a Lilias Folan VHS tape and did home practice until I learned some of the poses. I would say that Lillias really got me hooked!! And then Rebecca Johnson and Ruth Steil helped me continue my practice, as well as a few classes from Liz, Dennis, and Jan at the Wellness Center."

  February 2018 — DeAnn McClure   DeAnn is an avid runner who has completed several half and full marathons. She's pictured here after running the Rock 'n' Roll 1/2 Marathon in Phoenix this past January. We asked DeAnn to share a little about why she started doing yoga — "While researching how to recover faster from running and lower risk of injury during long training days, practicing yoga kept coming up. That's when I started going to Rebecca's classes. I was nervous at first but she immediately made me feel comfortable and I knew I was in a very non-judgemental environment. I quickly became sold on the practice of yoga. I could eventually run long runs and feel energized and recovered almost immediately. I have become stronger and more centered all due to yoga. My running has improved both in my form and control. I am more flexible and can recover in a healthy way from those long distances. I know that yoga has and will continue to help me become toned and more in tune with my muscles. I love it and am so thankful to have found her class!"

February 2018 — DeAnn McClure

DeAnn is an avid runner who has completed several half and full marathons. She's pictured here after running the Rock 'n' Roll 1/2 Marathon in Phoenix this past January. We asked DeAnn to share a little about why she started doing yoga — "While researching how to recover faster from running and lower risk of injury during long training days, practicing yoga kept coming up. That's when I started going to Rebecca's classes. I was nervous at first but she immediately made me feel comfortable and I knew I was in a very non-judgemental environment. I quickly became sold on the practice of yoga. I could eventually run long runs and feel energized and recovered almost immediately. I have become stronger and more centered all due to yoga. My running has improved both in my form and control. I am more flexible and can recover in a healthy way from those long distances. I know that yoga has and will continue to help me become toned and more in tune with my muscles. I love it and am so thankful to have found her class!"