A Super Fun Q&A With the Family of Steph Metz



Do you think your family REALLY knows you? What you like to eat, drink and how you spend your free time? We asked our devoted 6am teacher Stephanie Metz’s husband David and daughters Katie & Ryan to share their insights with us!  Not only do they seem to know her extremely well, they seem to truly “get” her too. Check out this fun Q&A with Steph’s loved ones.

Steph’s/Moms Favorite Book: 

David: Bhagavad Gita … and anything about death

Katie: anything body related / anatomy or death related. 

Steph’s/Moms Favorite food: 

David: Stone crab

Katie: grape nuts.

Ryan: Stone Crab

Steph’s/Moms Favorite drink: 

David: Angel’s Envy on the rocks or Bombay Sapphire martini with lots of blue cheese olives.

Katie: sparkling water- hates plain water–loves hot water though-weirdo. 

Steph’s/Moms Favorite TV show: 

David:  How I Met Your Mother

Katie: How I met your mother or some documentary that she finds and suddenly is drawn into for that time—cannot sit for extended period of time with the same thing on.

Ryan: How I Met Your Mother

Steph’s/Moms Favorite animal: 

Katie: Our dog (Lucy) or maybe dolphin.

Ryan: Her Dog Lucy

Steph’s/Moms Favorite activity: 

David: Yoga and SUP

Katie: anything by the water (paddle-boarding, yoga on a board, swimming) also likes taking our dog to fun parks or beaches.

Ryan: Yoga

Steph’s/Moms Best advice: 

David:  Don’t take things other people do so personally, it’s not always about you.

Katie: That it does not matter what other people are doing because they are not half the person you are—-the more you focus on other people- the less you can improve yourself and understand your passion and character.

Ryan:  Don’t worry about everyone else .

Things Steph/Mom is great at:

David: Being a mother to Ryan, Katie and Lucy, teaching, sales/marketing, being a good friend. 

Katie: being a friend and having a big heart and always full of energy.

Things Steph/Mom is working on: 

David: Drinking more water, eating more protein, being more organized

Katie: not reacting to things immediately- waiting. 

 

Steph teaches 6-7am classes both Tuesday & Thursday mornings. Come salute the sun with her! 

Replacing the Reach Yoga App



Read this only if you use the Reach Yoga app, with an icon that looks like the one here:


After a few years of supporting the Reach Yoga app, we’ve concluded that the studio and our students will be better served without the app. Our technology provider raised the monthly cost by 700% (that is not a typo). And, you can get the same functionality, plus more, by using the MindBody app. 

So … the Reach Yoga app will disappear as of December 15, 2018.

If you haven’t already, please consider downloading the MindBody app. It looks like this.

From there, set Reach Yoga as a favorite studio.

You can use this app to reserve a spot in class, purchase classes, reserve events, etc. (just as you did in the Reach Yoga app). You can also access other wellness and fitness businesses.

Let us know how we can help!

The One, The Only, Bart Fox!



Have you seen that guy walking from Highland Park to Glencoe with a huge smile and a yoga mat strapped to his back? That’s Reach’s very own Bart Fox! There’s so much more than meets the eye with this guy….the best part?  His many nicknames & daily mantra. Read on for the goods!

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1. Nickname/s?

I’ve had 3 nicknames over the years. In high school some called me “Scoop” because I wrote for the school newspaper. My college friends added a French accent on the end of my name and called me Barte (bartay). Now the guys I work with call me Foxy.

2. Favorite book?

My favorite book is Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead.  Some people raise an eyebrow when I mention that but I believe, while compromise is vital in many ways, the most pure vision comes from the individual.

3. Favorite Food?

I have too many favorite foods to list just one…  but if I have to list one I’d say sushi.  I think I could eat it every day.

4. Favorite place to visit?

My favorite place to visit is Wrigley Field… and Italy!

5. What was your first job?

One of my first jobs was as a cable puller and runner on ESPN golf tournaments.  I was newly out of college with a degree in journalism and due to the recession I couldn’t get hired by any networks / tv stations / production companies.  The only thing I could get hooked up with was ESPN when they came to Indianapolis for a golf tournament.  I arrived at 8am on Tuesday morning and a technician put a 500-foot coil of thick cable on my shoulder and told me to walk up the fairway and let the cable out as I walked.  At the end of 500 feet there was a guy with another 500-foot coil.  He connected the 2nd to the 1st, put the 2nd on my shoulder, and told me to keep walking.  Several of us set up the whole course with camera and audio cables, and did other manual labor.  I had no idea what this would lead to but apparently I was pretty good at laying cables so I was invited to the tournament the next week in Moline, Illinois.  I wound up driving around the country with a few other guys from tournament to tournament.  It was total manual labor, a lot of fun and made great connections.  I learned the technical side of sports TV by doing this.  I gradually got many breaks along the way and over many years weaved my way into producing the live broadcast of sports events on TV for ESPN, the Big Ten Network and other networks.  I always look back on those days as a cable puller and runner as an invaluable introduction.  And almost 30 years later I still see some of the same guys around the country that I met at that first tournament.  Over the years I’ve been incredibly fortunate to work with some of the biggest announcers in sports television and hugely talented production folks.  A great ride…

A couple weeks ago a newspaper writer was embedded with our college football crew for a couple days as we prepared for the Michigan – Rutgers game.  If you’re interested here’s the link to his report.
https://www.nj.com/expo/sports/erry-2018/11/37c8995dbf36/behind-the-scenes-as-the-big-t.html

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6. Best advice ever given?

The best advice I was ever given was to just say thank you when given a compliment.  I tended to be self-deprecating and had a hard time taking a compliment.  A guy I worked for took me aside one day and said I’d be better served just saying thank you.  Great advice that I’ve tried to implement.

7. Best advice to give?

The best advice I give is to students that I speak with.  I tell them that it’s certainly ok to finish school without knowing how they’re going to conquer the world.  I find that kids are pressured to figure out their life’s journey by the end of college.  But the reality is that most people work in a field different from what they studied.  So why get narrowly focused and stressed out about it?

8. How do you bring the practice of yoga into your everyday life?

As a TV producer on live sports events (mainly college football and college basketball) it’s easy to see the benefits of yoga.  When we are live on the air the atmosphere floats from controlled mayhem to absolute mayhem.  I really love the highly intense environment and I’ve learned through yoga how to breathe through chaos. It provides a calming influence. Pam Gross uses an expression in her class that has helped put a name to a concept I’ve always used but never had a name for.  Pam says to “embrace the wobble – and make a pattern with it”.  The first time I heard her say that I instantly knew that’s what I do in my professional life.  The challenges of traveling the country to produce games on live TV are intense and “embracing the wobble” is essential.

One other way yoga helps…  many times when I fly home from a game I take the first flight of the day so I can get home in time for the 9:30am class at Reach.  When I have that really tired look it’s usually because I flew home in time to grab my mat and head to Reach.  Whereas the night before I was involved in a really intense work environment, when I get home and make it to Reach the calm is restored.  How’s that for the yin and yang?

 

9. Favorite Pose?

My favorite pose is triangle on my right side.  For some reason I feel like I’m able to rotate my right side through to the max without getting to the point where I’d fall.  Left side…  not so much…

10. Favorite mantra?

“Embrace the wobble” is my favorite mantra as I wrote above.  I use it in everything I do.

Meet Sweet Shawna Doran!



When I asked Shawna to be featured in our next blog post about our fabulous instructors, she was  understandably hesitant (not many people, I’m learning, like the spotlight). But I persisted because she is not only one of Reach Yoga’s teacher training graduates, but she’s someone that our yoga community should know about, she deserves to shine bright! As a data privacy attorney by day, yoga teacher and incredible wife & mom by night, Shawna makes everyone feel good by just warming us with her inner light…shine on Shawna, shine on!

Q. What’s your favorite pose?

Urdhva Dhanurasana (aka “Full Wheel”) – This pose is not a favorite because it is easy for me, but because it is now possible for me. Before I entered teacher training, I had a frozen shoulder for over a year. I also had limited mobility in my right wrist due to a prior injury. My shoulder couldn’t rotate sufficiently and my wrist lacked both the range of motion and strength to bring me into the pose. After years of practice,  I now have enough mobility to get into the pose without the need for additional props, which is fantastic because I find full wheel to be an amazing front-body opener that helps to counteract the posture of my day job (hunched over a computer).

Q. What are you reading?

Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker. Truth be told, I actually bought it first as an audio book and fell asleep while listening so I had to buy the actual book.  It’s a fascinating (and accessible) discussion of the importance of sleep and dreaming. I am currently on a mission to change the sleeping habits of my entire family of night owls (myself included).

Q. What are you eating/drinking?

Every fall, I begin drinking something called “fire water”. It’s a mixture of hot water, lemon juice (1/2 lemon squeezed), 1/4 teaspoon of ginger, turmeric and cinnamon, pinch of cayenne pepper, black pepper and Pink Himalayan salt and 1 tsp of coconut oil. I also like to add yogi berries and coconut flakes. It’s warming and nourishing.

Q. What are you watching?

I’m obsessed with HGTV and YouTube. Together, they have taught me how to skim coat plaster walls, install baseboards, and shoe molding–oh, and drywall- and how to paint like a pro. Who needs tape when you have a good brush and a steady hand for cutting in?

Q. Best advice ever given?

Teach what you know. I teach level 1 classes and have a passion for doing so because that’s where I started in my own practice and that’s where I return whenever things get too chaotic in mylife. I find comfort in the basics and I hope that my love for these postures is translated in my teaching.

Q. Best advice to give?

Stay on your own mat. This is so often easier said than done in life and in class. However, I have injured myself in class doing something that I knew was beyond my capability at that moment or have not backed off in basic postures when my body has given me fair warning. It takes self-discipline to be the person resting in child’s pose oblivious to the fact that the rest of the class is in a bound headstand or to actually move with your own breath (and at your own pace) rather than trying to meet the pace of the class, but I believe that more personal growth occurs in those moments of appropriate self-restraint than in moving through every posture in a class.

Second piece of advice recently given to my kid brother who asked if he should get a yoga block: get two yoga blocks.  You’ll be glad you did.

Q. How do you bring the practice of yoga into your everyday life?

I get anxious sitting at my desk, particularly when I am in the middle of drafting a legal document or preparing to negotiate a contract, and so I use breath work every single day to keep me calm.  It’s something that I’ve been able to share with my kids too which has been a joy because I feel like I’m giving them tools for their toolbox to help them deal with the increasingly complex challenges they face as they grow older.

Q. All-time favorite quote?

Excerpted from Boundin’ by Bud Luckey:  Now sometimes you’re up and sometimes you’re down,

When you find that you’re down, well just look around;

You still got a body, good legs and fine feet.

Get your head in the right place and hey, you’re complete!

Shawna Teaches Vinyasa Flow Level 1 Sundays 3-4pm

 

Inhale. Exhale. That’s All.



“It’s ok to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave.”

This is a mantra someone shared with me a short time ago and it arrived in my in-box at just the perfect time.  Owning a yoga studio was not on my life’s agenda. When I worked at Lululemon for a hot minute about 9 years ago, they asked me to write down my goals for the year, 5 years, 10 years, and hang them on a wall for all to see (for me to hold myself “accountable” they said).  I literally laughed out loud and told them I wasn’t ready to share that. Really though, I think it was because I hadn’t actually PLANNED for anything. I had been married for awhile, was toting around a baby on each hip and had just moved from city to suburbia after closing a couple businesses my husband and I each owned individually.  I had no idea what the future would hold.

I have now been practicing yoga for 10 years, teaching for 7 and have loved every single moment of my journey. I completed a few teacher training programs and have spent many hours since then on my mat as a student, learning something new each and every time. I have met a community of like-minded people, made friends with teachers near and far and have curated relationships that have enriched my life beyond words. And even though I’m wearing many hats these days as wife, mother, teacher and studio owner, I truly try to live my life one day at a time.

I feel so blessed to have been introduced to yoga when I was, and that it has really allowed me to shine.  I want you all to stay on this beautifully enlightened path with me,  let’s see where it takes us together!

My goal is to create a space at Reach where everyone feels as happy as I am to be there. I plan to share my love of all things yoga with whomever steps through our doors.  Let your love for whatever it is you do, be so pure and so big that its shifts the energy in the room.

Welcome. Join me.

Namaste, Laura

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