Every week I will be highlighting someone in the Upper Valley who falls under the title of "Wellness Professional" - trainers, nutritionists, therapists of all kinds (physical, psychological, massage), and creators of healthy products, to name just a few. I'll give them a list of the same 20 questions and they can choose to answer as many of them however they'd like.
This week I'd like to introduce you to Sue Kirincich - Yoga Instructor
What is your fitness/wellness philosophy?
Above all else, kindness.
How did you get to where you are now?
I took a year off from school before college and spent 6 months working, then 6 months traveling. My travels took me to Nepal, where I had my first yoga experiences. When I started college, I stayed close to yoga and meditation as ways to bring balance to my academic life. This led to time working and studying in a residential yoga community in Stockbridge, MA and eventually to my yoga teacher training in 1997. I have been teaching in the Upper Valley since then.
Sue's introduction to yoga in Kathmandu (1988)
Did you ever have any setbacks and how did you get past them?
All the time! Often I seek guidance in inspirational books and by studying with my teachers. More than anything, I have learned that I need to stay committed to my own yoga practice.
What makes you unique in your field?
There are a lot of high-intensity, fast-paced, athletic-style yoga classes out there. I guide slow, deliberate movement with a strong emphasis on developing mindfulness skills. To me, those are the skills that matter most in our lives. What comes physically is important and it comes from the embodiment of the inner practices.
What's your favorite place to eat out in the Upper Valley? What do you usually get?
I have two top favorites: Peyton Place in Orford and Elixir in WRJ. Because I have celiac disease, I only eat out where I know I can get a gluten free meal. These two restaurants not only serve excellent food
made with local ingredients, they take great care to ensure my meal is GF.
You're trapped on 12A in West Lebanon starving and you only have $8. What do you buy to get your through your errands?
Almonds, without a doubt.
What's your guilty pleasure (food or otherwise)?
Waking up early enough to make myself a cup of very strong coffee and
then getting back into bed to read.
What's something health and wellness related that you wish you'd known
It's ok to trust my own experience.
What's the best health/wellness/fitness advice you've ever received?
Be gentle with yourself.
What's your favorite quote or mantra?
Above all else, kindness!
Who or what gives you inspiration?
Being and moving out-of-doors gives me perspective that shifts me toward creativity and inspiration.
If you could only have one piece of fitness/wellness equipment what would it be?
What's your favorite non-gym physical activity?
Running in the woods
What's your least favorite exercise?
Using any cardiovascular machine.
Your favorite exercise?
Running in the woods!
What are one or two tips you can give to help people be successful in their wellness journey?
- Pause. Give your body a deep breath in, and let it out with a sigh.
- It's never too late to begin again.
Where can people learn more about you?
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