Yoga classes arrive in downtown Cramerton
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina
Less than a year after Tina Berens moved to Charlotte, she began to consider staying. She started looking for homes and eventually made an offer for a home in Cramerton that she hadn’t seen in person yet.
“I just loved it,” she said. “I actually made an offer on the house before it was on the market, before I saw it. I just had a very strong intuition that I wanted to experience here.
Berens, a yoga teacher from Michigan, started looking for ways to get involved in the community, and it didn’t take long for her to meet with Cramerton town officials. As it turned out, the city was looking to welcome free yoga again after shutting down during part of the pandemic.
Berens started teaching online, and then in April she started running classes in downtown Cramerton.
“It’s fun to bring that to the community,” she said. “I really love him. He fills my bucket every Saturday morning.
Berens, who is now in her mid-thirties, became interested in yoga in her twenties after starting to run. Yoga can be a good addition to running, she said.
“It softened my mind a bit. Because I have a very busy brain, and I really enjoyed feeling calm afterwards, and knowing that I could sort of create that in my own body, ”she said. “I liked it.”
She considered yoga teacher training during this time, but decided not to. Instead, she got married and then divorced later. After her divorce, she contacted a former mentor about teaching yoga.
“We met one weekend a month, Saturday and Sunday all day. There have been some rough weekends, but sitting in there you learn a lot about yourself. I think I grew up in it a lot, ”she said.
Speaking in public, she said, is not something she has always been comfortable with. During the day, she works remotely as an operations manager for the WordPress development agency.
Before the pandemic, she was teaching yoga to a few friends, but teaching Cramerton was different. It was his first outdoor class, a setting that can feel a bit more unpredictable.
“With the exterior, we had a lot of elements, like stray dogs running, breaking free or running. And then we have trains. And then we have cars that play Journey, ”she said with a laugh. “Just things I can’t plan and haven’t been trained to handle. But I just remember being very anxious, but also knowing that, going through this… is part of your growth.
“And I think that’s how it is with a lot of difficult things in life, it’s when you really love, embrace something and step up, really growth is what comes out of it.”
Some of her neighbors from Cramerton started coming, but many of the attendees were new to her. Over time, his nerves dissipated.
“I think teaching yoga gave me a lot of self-confidence that I didn’t have before. Those first lessons, those stomach butterflies were like, all devouring. … And now… that sounds a bit more like second nature.
Berens said she was talking to a friend recently, and her friend let her know that she had achieved her goal.
“I was telling him how I was teaching at Riverside this weekend. And she says to me ‘You did it.’ And I was like, ‘What do you mean?’ And she said to me, ‘A year ago, remember you talked like you found your home and you were going to teach yoga by the pier and the water,’ ”Berens said. “She said, ‘You really did!'”
“To have that moment of reflection, when I saw this house and saw this city, I wanted to teach yoga here, and now I’m actually doing it. And it’s just exciting, and I feel very blessed and grateful to have had the opportunity to be here and you know, to meet the people I have on my trip, ”she said. .
“I feel very thoughtful and grateful for the last year that I have had and what I have been able to do here.”