Yoga Instructor Profile: Janet Estrada

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Janet Estrada

Teaches: Hips, Hammies & Glutes

Where are you from? I come from a complicated and tormented childhood where self love and awareness were not taught. This past has made yoga and the path it’s led me on very meaningful and special.

How long have you lived in Athens? I’ve lived in Athens for a total of 12 years now. First a student, then a partying service industry worker finding my way, now an Athenian adult, still finding my way.

What’s your passion? This one’s hard. I’ll have to get back to you on that considering I’m still figuring it out. My passion definitely has something to do with connectedness with oneself and with community.

Favorite book? East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Favorite movie? Oof, tough one. Anything that inspires and makes me feel.

Favorite restaurant? Manaweenta Ethiopian food on the eastside.

When did you start practicing yoga and why?
I began attending yoga classes regularly in 2010 or so. This was a time in my life that I was very at odds with myself and my life. I felt like yoga helped me be with myself in a healthy and promising way, at least for the duration of the class. Of course, there were the physical benefits as well, but mostly for me, yoga was a time that I couldn’t, and honestly didn’t want to, run away from myself.

What’s your favorite yoga style?
I used to be all about the power vinyasa class. I still enjoy a challenging flow class, but recently—maybe related to my pregnancy—I’ve been really enjoying iRest, restorative and yin classes. Frankly though, since my main goal of yoga is to turn inside and be with myself, that can be attained through many different styles.

How long have you taught yoga? What inspired you to teach?
I’ve taught yoga since May of this year. I was inspired to teach yoga because of the positive pivotal role it’s played in my own life. I want to share that with others.

What’s your advice to someone who is new to yoga?
Keep it up! So many benefits of yoga are under the radar. Also, try out lots of different kinds and styles of yoga. Be open to learning about yourself in many and unexpected ways.

What is your favorite pose?
Wow, such a frequently asked question in the yoga community. This might be cheating, but my favorite pose is any supported restorative pose with the teacher rubbing or adjusting me in some way.

What’s your favorite class to teach at M3? Favorite to take?
I’d say right now, with my experience and knowledge, my favorite class to teach is the one that I do: Hips, Hammies & Glutes in a flow style. My favorite class to take would either be Restorative or Candlelight Yin.

What do you enjoy most about M3?
I really enjoy the different styles, types, energy level classes that are available daily. I also enjoy the inclusivity and focus on yoga for every body.