This week I had the pleasure of interviewing one of our beloved students, Carrie Borgenicht. Carrie is a local business owner of Earthly Delights. Carrie specializes in gardening and urban design. Carrie is a South Philly resident who has been practicing at Three Queens since it's opening in 2012. Here is my candid and delightful interview with Carrie.
What do you love about practicing at Three Queens Yoga?
Honestly, it is convenient and in the neighborhood. I like to interact with people in the community and this is a great way to connect with my Queen village neighbors. Also, I started practicing with Mariel at Sweat years ago and followed her over to Three Queens (formerly DIG Yoga).
When did you take your first yoga class?
I took my first yoga class in college at Rutgers. It was in the gym and I just went a few times.
Fifteen years later, I moved to Philly and started practicing at the 12th Street gym in Center CIty. I remember when Mariel said in class about exercising in Sanskrit and I knew that was what I was doing in my practice. Now I can see the connection between emotional and mental well being.
I had tried different types of exercise like jogging, aerobics and elliptical and everything felt like torture and yoga was the first that didn't feel like torture. I don’t know if I love it right away but I didn't hate it.
What is your favorite pose and least favorite pose?
Least Favorite Pose: Warrior 2. I just want to say that Alison is only one that has taught a Mixed Level without Warrior 2 in it, thank you.
Favorite Pose: I really enjoy backbends and inversions and I can do them. It is really cool and thrilling to be able to do those poses. I was always clumsy in my body and now that I can do back be it feels really good.
How do you spend your days?
I am a small business owner in the city, Earthly Delights. I am gardener who specializes in urban design. and now is my primetime season. One of the benefits of having my yoga practice is that in my busy season I am bending and kneeling , raking, shoveling, and weeding flowers and grass all day. My practice allows me to focus on the alignment not only in class but while I am working. In the winter when I am not working in the garden yoga gives me a way to stay physically because I would sit on the couch all day. I am glad that Three Queens is in neighborhood and the studio gives me an opportunity to get off the couch. I have my home on Air B and B. I love sharing my neighboorhood, community and my city with travelers all around the world.
Can’t live without…
Plants, Animals and Yoga.
It was a real treat to spend time with Carrie and find out more about her life and practice. Enjoy the post and see you next time!