Yogi Spotlight: Lynne Schaffer

Hi Yogis! Welcome to our August Yogi Spotlight, organized and written by the fabulous Kathleen Reynolds! Today’s feature yogi is Lynne Schaffer! Read about Lynne and her inspirational practice in her own words below!


Having been an avid power walker for many years, (my user name is “lynnewalks”), I switched my regimen in my mid 40’s to the elliptical cross trainer, free weights, and floor exercises — before trying yoga last summer as I was turning 67. In October, at the suggestion of my good friend and Allay Yoga enthusiast, Nancy
Kotz, I started taking classes at Allay Yoga, and ever since the studio has been my “happy place.”

I especially appreciate the warm and caring atmosphere, and all the teachers who contribute to
that. I have taken classes taught by Juliet, Kathleen, Nicole, Marisa, and Pam.

Retired from an exciting and fulfilling career with the Smithsonian, I was a
program coordinator researching, planning, and orchestrating events for The Smithsonian Associates. I am the proud grandmother of two granddaughters and two grandsons from two sons and daughters-in-law on opposite coasts (one set
nearby). My husband Mark and I celebrated our 46th anniversary in June!

Allay yoga classes give me a very welcome sense of calm over my entire being that extends beyond the duration of the practice. I’ve also noted a marked improvement in my balance. Though I am most comfortable in Level I classes, I
have been able to feel successful in the all-level, Open Flow classes as well by modifying some of the
more challenging poses to suit my ability.

The most fun I have had practicing yoga was on a recent vacation to Santa Barbara, CA where my 8 year old granddaughter, Eliana and I did a yoga session together.