How Megan Lynch Found Balance with Yoga
Megan Lynch fell in love with the practice of yoga in 2008 and began teaching in 2010 while working for the USO in Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Megan said, "I started yoga partially for stress relief and partially for something to do. I think it keeps me steady and grounded, but luckily yoga is just my normal." After returning to Washington, DC in 2012, she completed her Yoga Alliance 200-Hour training and she continues to study with teachers throughout the area. Through teaching, she offers variations and alignment cues to make poses both accessible and challenging for all students. Influenced by both vinyasa and Iyengar traditions, Megan's students have the opportunity to study key poses through movement, stillness and breath.
Slow Flow: 'It's slow but not easy'
At M Street Yoga, Megan regularly teaches Slow Flow (Tuesday nights at 7:15pm) and leads Beginner's Workshops along with frequently subbing for other teachers. Here since M Street Yoga opened, Megan is friendly face in the community and ready to answer any question you can throw at her. "The teachers [at M Street Yoga] are some of the best I've had in DC. They definitely know their stuff. I particularly like Megan [Lynch] because I always end up learning something in her class (and I have been practicing for 15 years)," said Emily W.
When asked about Slow Flow, Megan said, "The best feedback I ever received was, 'It's slow but not easy.' We move slowly so we can focus on the alignment of each pose before moving onto the next. Additionally, from week to week, we slowly progress towards more advanced poses, breaking down every component and developing the strength and flexibility needed to get there!"
Megan learned from another well-known yogi in the MSY community of the same name. "Megan Davis, who has been spotted offering workshops around M Street, was my first teacher 8 years ago and I still love practicing with her when I have the chance," says Megan. (This month, Megan Davis is offering a special workshop called "Yoga for Grumpy Hips. Find out more here.)
Megan makes her personal practice a priority as well. "You can also find me at my Iyengar yoga class every week," explains Megan. Working with different teachers help round out Megan's practice and provides her with new ideas for her own students.
Slow Flow is a great addition to any practice. As Megan says, "We all have our favorites. Mine is Iyengar, yours might be Power Cardio Yoga. Choosing a style that complements your regular practice or even just dabbling with alternatives opens opportunities to learn something new, approach a pose or sequence in a new way, or simply to break out of your habits. Yoga teachers often talking about breaking our patterns with yoga but the truth is, our yoga practice can be victim to routine as much as everything else."
When not balancing her life using yoga, Megan is a management consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, working with clients to enhance business processes, identify efficiencies.
Join Megan on the Mat at M Street Yoga