Feb 26 2013

Hometown Yoga Heroes: Elli Boland

Erica Rodefer Winters
Elli Boland

I had lunch with Elli Boland a few weeks ago. The conversation drifted, as it often does when you get two yoga teachers together, to the business of yoga, success, and how the two fit together (or rather how they do NOT fit together as is more often the case). I furrowed my brow, sighed, and in an exasperated tone said: “I just try SO HARD.”

Elli looked me straight in the eye, and called me out. “STOP IT!,” she said in her uber-cool German accent. She doesn’t mess around.

It really is that simple–in life and in yoga. One of the most life-changing lessons we can learn is to slow down, let go, and just watch as everything falls into place. Elli finds ease in her life, her yoga classes and counseling sessions, and even on her inspirational Facebook pages My Holistic Coach and Agents of Change. She might make it look easy, but it’s the result of years of study and practice.

Here’s what she had to say about it:

What’s one thing you wish you had known about yoga when you first started practicing?

Ha. Nothing really. I only wish I had known how awesome it is way earlier!

What’s your favorite pose at the moment? What are you learning from it?

My favorite poses at the moment are backbends. They always remind me to forgive and trust. They help let go of my inner perfectionist and control freak, and open me right up to love’s presence.

What’s the best advice someone ever gave you?

To slow the f*** down.


To read more visit: http://spoiledyogi.blogspot.com/2013/02/hometown-yoga-heroes-elli-boland.html


Jul 19 2011

Yoga at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park!


The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs presents Yoga at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park! Join us for a yoga experience at one of Charleston’s bestviews of the waterfront with instructor Carolyn Gunn Strickler. Suggesteddonation of $5, and yoga mats available upon request. Classes will be held July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28, August 25, and every Thursday in September, from 6:00pm-7:00pm. (Blog intro from http://www.charlestonarts.sc/2011/06/the-city-of-charleston-office-of-cultural-affairs-presents-yoga-at-the-city-gallery-at-waterfront-park-5/)

“When I practice yoga I feel whole, I feel nothing is beyond my reach. I feelbeautiful, strong and perfect, and fortunate that I am me. My love for yogabegan during a hard time in my life. Yoga trained me how to navigate throughlife’s obstacles with grace. When yoga entered my life, I finally becamecontent with who I am, and realized that I already have everything I need. Mymind and body felt connected, and I felt more connected to all living things on earth.

Art heals us. Yoga is art. It gives us the opportunity to use creative expression and freedomthrough movement to nourish our body and mind. When we practice yoga on and offthe mat, we are practicing the art of love: self-love, love for all beings, and love for the earth. Yoga enables us to unlock our true creative potential, and live a happy and healthy life. It encourages us to show up to life. Through yoga, we can discover and create the masterpiece of ourselves. Yoga hasgiven me the strength to live the life I dreamed of living, a life full of happiness and love. I want to help you live a life full of compassion, self-acceptance and inner peace. With love and commitment, yoga can helpyou transform, transcend and become yourself. No matter where you are in yourlives, yoga will bring you back toward balance and peace. Let the poses open your heart and the flow uplift your soul.” – Carolyn Gunn Strickler

About the City Gallery at Waterfront Park: The City Gallery at Waterfront Park,owned by the City of Charleston and operated by the City of Charleston Officeof Cultural Affairs, is a venue for contemporary artwork that is new, vital and innovative, with a focus on broadening Charleston’s arts outlook.  The City Gallery provides access to the visual arts foreveryone in Charleston, S.C., visitors and residents alike, by offering exhibits that are all admission-free. The City Gallery is located at 34 Prioleau St. in downtown Charleston, S.C.,and gallery hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.  For more information, please call ore-mail the City Gallery at (843)958-6484 or CityGallery@charleston-sc.gov.