Meanwhile, Derrick Townsel, a popular yogi and Moving Art participant tells us, “Yoga reduces tension because your practice is a time for you to let go of any issues of the past that cause stress, and take your mind away from future tasks that cause anxiousness.
Townsel explained, “Yoga allows you to live in the moment, the only moment that you have control of. You control your thoughts, your control your actions, you control your outcome. If your mindset during your practice is happiness, you are happy. Only you can change that.”
Yoga as a profession and practice has proven beneficial for Townsel as well as others. “People who have taken classes with me always tell me that they feel great afterwards. They feel a weight lifted off their shoulders. The thing they don’t realize is the weight they feel is self-implemented and can be lifted the same way,” Townsel said of the feedback they’ve received.
While Moving Art is doing well for itself, selling out events in markets like Atlanta, New York, and Miami, drawing a diverse crowd “of people who believe in unity, growth and elevation,” and collaborating with master yogis like Townsel, Tae Noir and Renee Watkins to name a few, the plan is to go global.
“I’d like my work and my journey to inspire the world. Inspire people to see their reflection in others and genuinely care for the next person. I want to open people’s eyes to see the power and unlimited capabilities that they possess within themselves. I want to inspire the masses to realize that the universe resides in everyone,” said Townsel.
As for people on the fence as to whether yoga is right for them, these two master yogis shared a few go-to moves for beginners, sure to get you hooked. Their top poses for beginners include downward dog, warrior 1 and plank. These are fundamental poses that help build strength, flexibility and full body alignment.
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