I became interested in my fitness when I was in high school. I was never a fanatic, but I constantly found myself being drawn to health and fitness. Back then, I did yoga a few times but nothing ever really stuck with me. I mean, I liked it but there wasn’t any real connection for me.
Fast forward to 2013 when I was reintroduced to yoga. Little did I know that this encounter would change my whole world. First, 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. (When one door closes, another one opens)
During this transition, yoga taught me to slow down and be kinder to my body. It also helped me to deal with the fact that I wasn’t happy in my professional life but I had no idea as to what I wanted to do next. I felt lost and hopeless! I was miserable!!
My yoga instructor helped me through this challenging time and her classes kept me from falling into a major depression.
I knew deep down that I had to make some changes and I was craving 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 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 also teaches me to try to see others with compassion and love, which can be a challenge some days, but I always try to come back to it.
Yoga helps 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 helps 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!
It’s your turn, what have you found that helps you with challenging situations in your life?