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BCS: I’m Doing This for Me, Part 2

April 21st, 2011
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This is part two of a three-part profile series on Butler Community School attendees and their favorite classes. Check back in next Thursday for part three!

In the lobby and hallways of Ballet Austin, waiting parents is a very familiar sight. For many of them, Ballet Austin has become like a second home because their children take class in the Academy as many as six days a week!  One of those waiting parents, Deb Haas, decided to use that time for herself, and signed up for yoga classes at the Butler Community School.  Here’s what she had to say:

“As a working mom, squeezing in time for exercise was always challenging, so the idea that I could use my time waiting for my daughter in a productive way by taking a fitness class really appealed to me.  I had back surgery several years prior to starting my yoga classes at the BCS, and had lost a lot of range of motion and flexibility.

My favorite classes are definitely the yoga classes taught by Michelle Thompson and Zakkiyah Kareem. They are both such great teachers, and have so much patience.  However my day had gone up until that point, it immediately improves when I sit down on my yoga mat.

Since I started taking yoga regularly at the BCS, all of my back pain has gone away, and my strength and stamina have really improved. Michellle and Zakiyyah are wonderful – and I really miss seeing them if I don’t make it to class, and I can tell both mentally and physically that I just don’t feel as good.

Taking yoga class with members of the Ballet Austin Company and staff is such a fun thing.  I’m certainly not in the same kind of physical shape that they are – but there is absolutely no judging or competition in the yoga classes, which makes me feel very comfortable and at home.  When I don’t make it to class, one of the regulars will often stop me in the hall and say ‘missed you last class’ – and it just adds to that good feeling that I get from participating.”

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