August 2016 Student of the Month

Dillion Henke

Dillion-HenkePlease tell us a little about yourself.
First, I'd like to thank The Union for choosing me as student of the month. I'm blessed to be part of such a great community and honored to be recognized. I was born in Texas but grew up in New Mexico. I moved from Albuquerque to San Antonio when I finished with school in 2006 and have been here ever since. I have two kids; a boy who is 7 and my little girl is 5. Last year I started my own drafting business, so other than my time with the kids and yoga, I'm usually working. We spend most of our weekends out at my dad's farm about 90 minutes outside of town. I have 2 German Shepherds that keep me company during the week. I like to grow gardens and plants and I try to travel as much as possible. I started practicing yoga about 4 years ago.
What brought you to the yoga practice?
I have a friend that had been practicing for 8 months before I started. He had always told me to try it and I never would. Then when I was going through a challenging time in my life, he told me it would help deal with the anxiety and give me something to focus on. I finally went and tried it and have been hooked ever since.
How often do you take class?
I take class around 4 times a week. Sometimes 5 if I'm lucky.
What specific physical issues, if any, did you have before taking your first class?
I had stiffness and regular inflammation in my left knee from years of playing basketball.
What are the greatest benefits of your practice?
I appreciate the mental benefits more than the physical benefits. I have so much going on everyday that I love being locked in the hot room for 60/90 minutes with no phone or email or normal distractions. Being in the hot room is my safe place from the outside world.
How has this practice changed your health and life? Any emotional or other benefits?
I owe so much to this practice. I don't know where I would be without it. I found yoga at the lowest point in my life and now I'm amazed of how things ended up at this point. It has taught me a lot about myself and how to incorporate things you use during class into your everyday life. I think of it as the glue that keeps things together for me in my life.
What is your favorite part of the yoga?
My favorite part about the yoga is that it's never ending. Every class is different and every person is at a different place in their practice. It gives you a feeling of steady progression, while at the same time keeping you humbled by how far you have to go. I also love the community. All the instructors and other students are always friendly and nice.