Andrea Marcum

Andrea Marcum
Originally from Santa Cruz, California, Andrea Marcum proudly opened U Studio in Los Angeles in 2006. She’s been featured in the Huffington Post, C Magazine, Self, LA Times, PopSugar and more. Andrea is a Lululemon Ambassador. Her articles have appeared in Gaiam Life, Origin Magazine, JetWings Magazine, Lululemon’s Official Blog, Elephant Journal, MindBodyGreen and others. She is currently working on a book. Though her early childhood aspirations were to be a fairy princess, she’s pretty happy with the way things have turned out. Visit her at ustudioyoga.com.

Hope on the Mat: How a Yoga Teacher Became the Student

Andrea Marcum by Andrea Marcum | May 1st, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga

Hope Yoga“Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.” ~George Iles

When you run a yoga studio, you hear it all. From the annoyingly trivial (“So and so was in my spot!”) to the enormously overwhelming (“I’ve been diagnosed with cancer.”). Some of the stories I’ve heard over the years are so powerful and transcendent, they’ve reached into my life and left an indelible imprint of hope. This is one of those stories:

Her limbs twisted by muscular dystrophy, she wandered in and unrolled her yoga mat. I was concerned — mine is a rigorous class, and I wanted to protect her without making a spectacle. It’s a line every teacher walks with any new student, but her circumstances had me feeling more conflicted about how hands on or off I should be than usual.