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NANCY JOYCE

Hometown? Darien, CT

Favorite music artist or band? Ah, don’t make me choose! Rolling Stones and A Tribe Called Quest are pretty far up there on the list, let’s say the top. Can never go wrong with Jay Z or Kendrick Lamar. I could listen to Rihanna all day every day. And when I want something mellower my go-to’s are Van Morrison and Trevor Hall.

Dream vacation? Put me anywhere it is 75+, sunny with a beach and the ocean and I am beyond happy.

Favorite post yoga snack? I usually practice in the morning so afterwards is breakfast. My favorite thing to have is toasted sourdough, topped with a few slices of avocado, scrambled eggs and cayenne pepper. I always have an iced matcha latte with almond milk and honey, too!

A quote you love? “I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed. Embrace it with both arms. Hug it. Love it. And above all, become as passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good” – Roald Dahl

Personal mantra? Be Present, Be Happy, Be you. – Always reminds me to live in the moment and be true to myself!

How did you get into yoga? I found yoga as I was recovering from an injury. I used to be an avid runner and sadly broke three toes from too much wear and tear. I was itching to find a way to move my body again and decided to give yoga a try. At first it was simply for the work out. But I remember laying in savasana after my first class, yes, feeling the physical challenge but also feeling this overwhelming sensation of calm and mental clarity. I recall thinking “that was amazing.” I’ve never looked back since.

Favorite time of day to get your practice in? I prefer the morning – waking up, stretching, moving my body and shaking whatever I need to off in order to set a clear vision and intention for the day. But honestly, any time I can get on my mat I’m very happy about, even if it’s just 15 minutes here and there. My mat is always rolled out in my apartment.

What's your favorite part of Y7? The beats, the beats, the beats. It’s exactly what I practice to on my own and to have found a studio and community that does as well – yes please! Combine that with the heat, the candlelight, and the people – yes please, over and over again!