How my heart came to beat for yoga
My passion - the thing that makes my heart beat - is yoga.
I took my first yoga class in 2003 and, I’ll be honest, I didn’t really love it. I had no idea what was happening. I remember doing (what I later learned was) triangle pose and thinking, what the heck is going on? Still, I left the class feeling calmer and happier than when I arrived.
I didn’t do yoga again until a few years later, when I would go once a week to a vinyasa class to supplement my other workout endeavors. I mainly ran or went to spin class and dabbled in some weight machines at the gym. But I always carried around an extra 5-15 pounds, depending on the time of year.
In those years, I struggled with many of the things we all struggle with: the stress of work, relationships, self-confidence, health issues, and so on. I’m not suggesting you’ve had my exact list of stressors, but if you’re a human being you’ve no doubt had your own very real stressors.
2011 was a particularly hard year for me and it was thanks to a friend who suggested I go with her to a new yoga studio that my life changed completely. I began going to yoga more and more. I began to notice changes. I felt better, I slept better, I was less harsh and critical of myself, I was a nicer person to others, I ate better, and started to lose those extra pounds and gained muscle.
But it was when I decided to take the plunge and participate in the 200-hour teacher training that my life didn’t just change; it became magical. In studying the philosophy of yoga, in delving deeper into the energetic aspect of yoga, in practicing breathing techniques and meditation, I came to realize that yoga isn’t just exercise, it’s a way of life.
My life now isn’t free from stress – I am, after all, still human – but I now have a way to understand and handle my stress. I am happier and healthier than I’ve ever been. I know yoga can bring you the same benefits and it would be an honor and a privilege to share the teachings of yoga with you.