Yogi Profile: Ronnie Arond

Jun 26, 2015 | Yoga | 0 comments

We believe in transparency, so we want to let you know up front that we may have affiliate links in this post. Affiliate links allow us to support the site and create great content at no cost to you.

2 min read

Ronnie Arond has been a part of the Cross Island YMCA since the doors first opened in 1965. The Y has become her second home, and this is where Ronnie – now 91 – teaches yoga.

Hank Arond, Ronnie’s husband for 71 years, encouraged her to try a yoga class in 1973 when she was working as a nurse. Ronnie didn’t like it much, but eventually it stuck. Ronnie began teaching yoga 40 years ago, and she began teaching yoga at the Cross Island YMCA 20 years ago.

Ronnie developed the ABCE approach to yoga: Awareness, breathing, creative care, and enjoyment, and she infuses her classes with these principles.

In this interview, Ronnie talked to me about her yoga practice.

Ysmay: What brought you to yoga? Do you remember what your first yoga class was like?

Ronnie: In 1973 my husband, Hank, encouraged me to come to a yoga class. I didn’t like the class but went to one more class because I didn’t want to disappoint my husband.

Why did he want you to try yoga?

[I was] a nurse. I was very physically active, but my husband really encouraged me to try yoga. And I’m thankful for his pushing. I’ve never had such a special movement in my life. It was indescribable what I felt. It was on such a level that was so deep and profound. It was life-changing.

What has yoga done for you?

Personally it has reminded me of my mindfulness, making choices and to live in the moment. But to be in the moment is the most difficult of all. Yoga reminds me stay to TRY in the moment. I ask my class what time is it, and the answer is always “now”. I start my class with a chime and I remind my class to take a deep breath, to open up the body, and when they blow it out – stresses will be relived.

What advice do you have for someone who may be struggling to stick to their yoga practice?

When you don’t feel like doing yoga, that’s when you need it the most. We all aim to be perfect, but we’re human. I encourage people to identify with yourself. Yoga opens your mind to things you never thought you could do. It’s a wonderful way of art. It gives you a fresh outlook on life. You become in touch with your inner-self, become aware of your breathing, alignment, and your creative path. But most importantly the enjoyment you get with how you feel about yourself reflects to others.

Try yoga at least two times. Speak to your doctor. You have to be able to laugh at yourself – trying new positions that you never tried. Yoga is of the heart, not the physical, but the emotional heart. Use yoga in your daily activities.

Yoga Poses for a Bulging Disc

Yoga Poses for a Bulging Disc

Photo by Chermiti Mohamed on Unsplash. Many people suffer from bulging discs, but aren’t quite sure how to deal with them. While they often cause irritation, sometimes it’s not enough to need surgery or medications. One of the best ways to help deal with and even fix...

5 Healthy Benefits of Green Tea That You Probably Didn’t Know

5 Healthy Benefits of Green Tea That You Probably Didn’t Know

Originally published 19 May 2017 A lot can be said for Chinese medicine and their use of natural remedies to maintain health and wellness. What is just now being discovered is that there are some other, but just as important, benefits of green tea that can be key to living a long and healthy life. […]

8 Awesome Benefits of Yoga

8 Awesome Benefits of Yoga

Yoga can be beneficial for men, women and children of all ages. Although it’s been practiced since the sixth century B.C., yoga has recently been gaining an increasing amount of attention across all lifestyles due to its many health benefits. Although some practice yoga for spiritual purposes, many modern participants are most interested in the […]

Yoga Mats: What are they, and do you need one?

Yoga Mats: What are they, and do you need one?

There are literally thousands of yoga mats on the market, and all of these choices can be difficult for a beginner yogi to wrap their head around. You may see all these dozens of yoga mats and feel paralysed by all the choices, and then you find yourself wondering,...

Manduka

Get 3 Months on Kindle for just $1

sponsor

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

YogaOutlet.com

↞ Get On Your Mat