Our Desk Angel, Daphne, continuously shows up for us all. Her commitment to the work at the front desk shines through on many occasions and the continuous light she gives to the desk is truly appreciated. Daphne Barr is truly are one of our finest and most loving Desk Angels and we are thrilled to feature her for the month of February. Find out more how what Daphne has to say about her yoga practice and her role as desk angel.
Why do you love yoga?
Yoga helps me to feel grounded. I can come into a class and let whatever happened before the class just roll off my shoulders. I get the chance to play with so many different asanas and decide whether I’m going to push myself or just take it easy. After a long day, yoga really helps me to unwind and get a beautiful nights’ sleep. Of course, morning classes also help my day get going and I feel refreshed and energized after each and every class.
What advice can you give to those who are just beginning their practice?
Listen to your body and back off when you need to. Even the most experienced yogis will take a child’s pose to rest and rejuvenate. Accept the wobbles as this is how you learn. Don’t let your ego take over and take the time to clear the monkey mind. Don’t be discouraged if some asanas don’t come easy at first but keep trying. Take some workshops and enroll in yoga teacher training. You don’t have to teach after you complete the training, but you will learn so much not only about yourself but also about what you can do. I was fortunate enough to complete my yoga teacher training in 2019 and finding that what I learned has really helped to develop my practice to the next level. I know things can get crazy but try and find the time to meditate whether it be in the studio or at home. Also, take advantage of the new student special so that you can experience every class.
What is the best thing about being a Desk Angel?
Getting to know the yogis and being able to offer feedback on classes. It’s always nice to meet students that have never practiced before and help them find the best fit for them. The good thing about Bella Prana is that no matter what your level, there is no judgment whether you are a novice or experienced.
What is your favorite quote or mantra?
“One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals.” – Michelle Obama
Interested in becoming a part of our desk angel family? We have some available shifts open and we’d love your open, compassion heart to join us. For more information, email us as firstname.lastname@example.org. Bella Prana Yoga & Meditation is located in Tampa, FL and offers over 90 classes a week, plus a virtual online studio. Come visit us and get a tour of our studio by one of our desk angels and sign up for our $39 New Student Special. We are here to welcome you.