February 2015 Student of the Month

Matt & Courtney Schlessinger

SchlessigersPlease tell us a little about yourself:
M: I'm 38 years old, married to the love of my life and have 4 wonderful (most of the time) children. I'm pretty blessed.
C: I was born here in S.A. Upon graduating high school, I moved to Seattle, Washington where I studied music (specifically piano) at Cornish College of the fine arts. I returned to San Antonio a few years later and was reacquainted with an old friend (Matt). We married. Two years after that- ALEC! Another two years- KYRA! Two more years- KATE! Last but not least, Collin joined our brood 18 months later. So, my biggest 'job' is being a mom of four, however, I've been very blessed to have been given the opportunity to get lots of 'me' time in with both practicing yoga and piano on a routine basis. I also enjoy teaching piano lessons two days a week.
What brought you to the yoga/Crossfit practice?
M: My wife was the one that got me to make the leap. Well, actually she signed me up for a Crossfit class. She said you're going to class tomorrow at 5:30am. I think she was trying to tell me something. I didn't give yoga a try for another six months or so, I never saw myself going into the hot room, ever.
C: My only focus when I began this yoga was weight loss. I had my first-born and was in great need of shedding pounds. It worked. I came for about three months then quit. Life went on, had a second baby and started Bikram again. Lost weight and quit again. Life went on, had a third baby and started Bikram again. Lost weight and quit. Again. Life went on but with one BIG surprise - I had baby number four and back to Bikram I went! Something happened this last round though. Lost the weight but had the desire to keep coming back. It was the mental clarity I saw changing that led me to believe this was a place I was meant to be in for a lifetime.
How often do you take class?
M: I take a combination of yoga and Crossfit five to six days a week.
C: I try to come 4-6 a week.
What specific physical issues, if any, did you have before taking you first class?
M: I was not very fit to say the least. I was carrying an extra 45 pounds when I first started going to Crossfit.
C: I really had no issues except that I was just totally out of shape. I was pretty lazy prior to starting yoga!
What are the greatest benefits of your practice?
M: Overall health has greatly improved. Smaller pants size isn't bad either.
C: I can't even express it. I'm still finding out. Each and every class is so different from another, both physically and mentally. I sometimes feel so incredibly overwhelmed with life. These classes keep me in check. I can't imagine not doing it.
How has this practice changed your health and life? Any emotional or other benefits?
M: I feel great, I'm the healthiest that I have been in a very long time. I've never been a flexible person, now I'm am way more "bendy" than I've ever been thanks to yoga. I'm stronger, faster and have more endurance than ever.
C: The term 'yogi' used to make me throw up a little bit in my mouth. Now, I do triangle on my living room floor when the kids go to bed. I embody being a yogi now! I truly crave the heat, crave the burn and crave to improve my postures. I've acquired more patience through my practice and am generally healthier and happier for going.
What is your favorite part of the yoga?
M: It's having that hour/hour and half to not worry about anything other than what is going on at that very moment. It's me time. I feel great for the rest of the day.
C: It's ME time! Took a long while to get to that. First it was me with lots of others staring in the same mirror who could see me too. They could see me fall out, skip a posture and take a savasana. They could see my underarm stubble or (God forbid) the hair on my legs, which could be braided at times. Lesson learned: nobody cares.
M: I like a good challenge. Crossfit definitely gives me that.
Matt, how did you get so Jacked and Tan?
M: I think it's the constant beat downs administered by the instructors, you guys are evil...
How much bacon was involved?
M: You don't want to know...(Seriously)
What do you guys eat regularly? Or, not eat?
M: I eat a ton of eggs, chicken, steak, salad, and veggies. I've cut out sugar for the most part. Except on Saturdays, then it's anything goes. I love Saturdays.
C: Lol, thanks! I don't have a sweet tooth, but give me a loaded bean burger any day. I eat lots of veggies. Spinach, asparagus, broccoli, bell peppers are staples for us. Love cooking with olive oil/onion/garlic as my primary base. Smells great, anything added isgoing to taste heavenly!