This photo, taken by Lauren Werner, which I call “Warrior 1 Triathlete,” displays the reasons I began my yoga practice at Inner Fire Yoga five years and nearly 900 classes ago. I will be honest, at first I focused only on the physical nature of yoga. I wanted to improve my triathlon performance by increasing strength, flexibility and balance. Inner Fire has more than delivered. This year I qualified for the half Ironman world championship in Austria and in 2014 I just missed qualifying for the full Ironman world championship in Kona, Hawaii. Depending on how I am feeling I will alternate my practice between power flow, inner fire flow and hot yoga classes. The variety of classes, instructors, students and yoga community at Inner Fire is unparalleled. Although I initially focused on the physicality of yoga, I have come to appreciate many other benefits. I have found myself becoming more mindful with a new sense of inner peace, equanimity, patience and tolerance. While Inner Fire Yoga teacher Darlene Vanderhoop http://innerfireyoga.com/if/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=easy-columns.phpsays I don’t have a Yin bone in my body, my future practice of yoga will be more restorative, adding a little Yin to my Yang. But first I have to qualify for Kona.