Featured Student: Emalee Gensel

This month, we’re featuring student Emalee Gensel. Emalee has been a regular to the studio for quite some time now, and you may have seen her in a few classes. Read on to learn a little more about Emalee and get to know her better!

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1. Tell is a little about yourself!

I’m 30 years old, a graduate of Bloomsburg University, and a resident of Shavertown, PA. I enjoy yoga, hiking, skiing, climbing, antiquing, going to flea markets, and traveling. My husband and I will be going to New Zealand in 2 months... I cannot wait!

2. How long have you been practicing yoga and what got you into it?

I’ve been practicing yoga for about 5 years. I’m not entirely sure what got me into yoga, but I think I was intrigued by how yoga can make one feel connected to their mind and body, and I wanted to experience that for myself.

3. How are you looking to grow your practice?

I’d like to get back into acroyoga and also try aerial yoga. Both types of yoga offer a unique way of moving your body and challenging your practice.

4. Tell us something we wouldn’t otherwise know about you.

I enjoy rock climbing but I’m absolutely terrified of heights. I still climb, I just try to avoid looking down and keep my mind focused on the route I’m trying to send.

5. When do you feel most at peace?

I feel most at peace while hiking. There’s something special about the quietness the wilderness offers. I feel like I’m living in the moment while hiking. I especially love summits that afford me with gorgeous mountainous views.

6. Do you have any tips for fellow yoga/barre enthusiasts?

Don’t worry about what everyone else around you is doing. Close your eyes and focus on your own practice. Challenge yourself - try a new pose or hold a pose for a few extra seconds. Don’t be afraid to fall, that’s how you grow and expand your practice.

Thanks for chatting with us, Emalee!



Photo Credit, Patrick Gensel Photography.

Featured Student: Jessie Napkora

We’re kicking this new blog series off in November—the month of giving thanks. Why? Because we’re thankful for you!

To compliment our featured teacher posts, we’ll be introducing you to a new student each month. We like to think of you all as our family, and wanted to get to know you all a little better!

Our first featured student is Jessie Napkora, who you may have seen at the studio! She attends classes frequently, so we sat down with her and asked a few questions:

1. Tell us a little about yourself!

Jessie and her bunny, Rocky, and her dog, Laika!

Jessie and her bunny, Rocky, and her dog, Laika!

I work as an instructional designer and studied at Bloomsburg University, having graduated in 2016.

In my free time I do a lot of baking and cooking. I also enjoy the outdoors—hiking, kayaking, camping, even just being in the backyard. I just prefer to be outside!

I also like to visit museums. My favorites that I’ve been to so far are the National Air and Space Museum and the Museum of Pop Culture.

2. How long have you been practicing yoga and what got you into it?

I have been doing yoga since the spring of this year. What got me into it was actually barre!

Here’s the story behind that—I have been doing barre for about 2.5 years now and began taking classes at the place I used to work in VA. They had free barre classes so I thought I would try it out, and I really liked it!

Then I moved back to PA and my friend told me about Home Yoga & Barre. So I went to a barre class, tried a yoga class, and loved it!

3. How are you looking to grow your practice?

Well, this is definitely something that I want to stick to for a while because it’s a method of exercise that I actually enjoy. I hate going to the gym. I think it’s the worst thing you can do with your time. Waiting for people to finish their reps, clean, and leave the machines seems like it takes forever, but you get a full-body exercise with barre! And it’s mostly with your own body weight, which is great.

I do like the idea of becoming certified—whether it be in yoga, barre, or both! I think that would be a good way to grow my practice: keep trying at it, get certified, and help people enjoy it the way that I do.

4. Tell us something we wouldn’t otherwise know about you.

I have a dog named Laika (pronounced Lie-Kah) and two rabbits, Rocky and Roxy—they both came already named, but the names works really well together. It’s like they were meant to be! My family are big rabbit people, which is kind of unusual.

5. When do you feel most at peace?

Hmm. When I’m walking my dog, especially if we’re in the woods.

Also in bed.

6. Do you have any tips for fellow yoga/barre enthusiasts?

You know how a yoga instructor asks you to set an intention at the start of your practice? Mine is usually just to try while I’m there. That’s it—just try. That’s all I ask of myself, because sometimes you’d be surprised by what you can do if you just try.

We love that, Jessie! We hope you all enjoyed meeting Jessie. Say hi to her next time you see her in class, and watch for your next feature in December… it could be you!