Barbara Rinehart

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Age: 64

Karma Yogi - Goose Creek

What do you do when you're off the mat? 
Hiking, volunteering at Mt. Cuba Center, going to lectures, taking classes (you can never learn too much) gardening, flower arranging, decorating or doing anything creative. 

What brought you to BY for the first time?
I had been practicing arial yoga for several years but missed the meditative aspects of traditional yoga. I saw a sign for a new yoga center closer to home. I was very excited. Location, location, location. Basically, I'm travel lazy. 

What's your favorite thing about the studio?
The peaceful, clean atmosphere, the diversity of teachers, and the great comradarie from the rest of the practitioners. 

What's your advice for someone coming to yoga for the very first time?
Have fun! Don't look around and just do what you can do. Don't strive too much. Come with a beginners mind even if you have been doing yoga or other sports for a very long time. Keep coming back! 

What has your yoga practice given you?
Peace, tolerance, a way to stay fit, friends, better posture, a fresh perspective

What's your favorite pose?
Legs up the wall. Restorative yoga is becoming my favorite. I am a Type A - Pitta so slowing down is quite a challenge. Restorative has provided a whole new way to look at yoga, as I tend to be too competitive with myself. 

What's your least favorite pose?
Anything on my knees. I tend to roll off my knees and have a very hard time keeping my balance. I guess I should just keep practicing. 

Tell us something unusual about yourself.
I have been involved with the American Labyrinth movement for many years. I am currently designing an all native plant garden to surround a very large labyrinth in Walpole, Massachusetts to make the area more serene. Nothing beats combining all of your loves (nature, trees, gardening, meditative walking, spirituality, being creative) into one great project that will benefit the earth for many years to come. 

What three words would your best friend use to describe you?
Energetic, creative, short

What's your guilty (or not so guilty) pleasure?
DARK Chocolate! What else is there?

Have you made any big changes in your life since starting your yoga practice?
I have been practicing yoga since my 20's so yes there are many changes. I am constantly changing. I actually like change. My biggest change is doing more purposeful meditation. I just read about shinrin-yoku "forest bathing". I'm going to look into it since I was a biologist, love trees, and definitely know the benefits of being in the woods. Maybe I could learn something new and teach another person to better appreciate the benefits of the forest. 

If you were having a dinner party and could invite anyone you wanted, who would you invite?
Jesus, Buddha, Oprah, my Daughter Kristin, Michelangelo, Monet. Rules: No discussion of religion, politics, or weight. What a discussion that would be.