I have always been one who willingly tried different exercise programs. Interest in my fitness started when I was in high school. Now, I was never a fanatic, but I would constantly find myself being drawn to health and fitness. So, I have taken yoga a few times many moons ago but nothing ever really stuck with me then. I mean, I liked it but there wasn’t any real connection for me at that time.
Fast forward to 2013 and I was reintroduced to yoga again. Little did I know that this encounter would change my whole world. First of all, I have to say I loved my yoga instructor. She is such an amazing spirit and a wonderful yoga teacher. She taught me so much in her classes, I found myself not being able to do without them.
Ironically, this reintroduction to yoga took place the same year I decided to close my Jazzercise franchise.
During this transition time, yoga helped me to slow down and be kinder to my body. It also helped me to deal with the fact that I no longer enjoyed going to work as a public school teacher but I had no idea as to what I wanted to do next. I felt lost and hopeless! My yoga instructor helped me through this and her classes kept me from not falling into a major depression.
I knew deep down that I need a change professionally. I desired more for my life but I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do next. Yoga teacher training felt like the next step I was meant to take.
During my training, I have learned so much about yoga, its history and its philosophy. My yoga training helps me to be more mindful of what I think, how I feel and what I say. It helps me to reflect on things I used to view as “important” and to tap into why I valued those “things”. Yoga is also teaching me to try to see others with compassion and love, which can be a challenge some days but I always come back to it.
Yoga is helping me to be okay with not being perfect. There are so many things in my life that I feel should look and be a certain way, but yoga is helping me to look at those things from a place of acceptance and gratitude. Yoga also teaches me to enjoy and trust the process of growing more than achieving the goal.
Everything I go through and every person I meet teaches me something. Yoga has helped me to start paying attention to those lessons. Most importantly, yoga pushes me out of my comfort zone EVERYDAY!
So tell me, have you done yoga? What were your thoughts? Are you currently practicing yoga? I’d love to hear from you.