The Yoga Journey

My first Yoga class was at the YMCA in Chandler Arizona back in 1999. I was 17 years old and a senior in high school. I can not recall what attracted me to Yoga in the first place, but I remember falling in love with it pretty quickly. I have always been really athletic, and into physical fitness. Since then, Yoga has been a way for me to stay physically strong, but also a way to clear my mind and stabilize my emotions. When I landed on my yoga mat as a teenager, there was something about the practice that was special and unique. Not only did my body began to transform, so did my mind and heart. In my early 20’s I lived in San Francisco and delved into hot yoga. Again, there was this peace about the practice that I could not get anywhere else. I would take classes where the teachers would integrate spiritual lessons and mind body awareness. I remember thinking, “WOW! There is nothing like this! I need to learn more!”
At 27 I took my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. I began to watch myself and life transform. Initially this was a messy practice. Looking back, what was happening is that I was changing, transforming to a state of higher consciousness. The old paradigms I had lived within were no longer working, but I desperately grabbed hold onto the old, and refused letting the new come into fruition. As I began to teach in my late twenties I started to see how the practice of Yoga transformed my students lives. I would hear stories of healing back injuries, broken hearts and weathered minds. I don’t know why I did not see this before, but yoga was MEDICINE!
The practice of Yoga is a 5000 year old discipline that originated in India. Yoga is a sanskrit term for UNITY or ONENESS. The practice of Yoga transforms us from the inside out. It creates a integration of the mind, body and spirit to unify the consciousness of creation. The postures teach us how to have a healthy relationship with our bodies. The meditations help to guide us into a keen awareness of our habits and thinking patterns. The spiritual practice by reading the ancient texts and philosophies propel us into a greater state of purpose of our true nature. Yoga is an ancient tool kit to heal what ails us. When we show up on our Yoga mats, our job is not try to control or figure out the HOW this can happen. Our job is to step onto our mats with clear intentions and an open heart. Through this openness, a transformation occurs at the deepest level, nurturing us back into a place of wholeness and restoration.
I know what first brought me to my mat was purely a physical practice, later led me to one of healing and peace. I invite you to explore this for yourself. Whether you are struggling with a nagging back injury, depression, or heart ache- I can guarantee, if you do the work through the practice, you will find a miraculous journey awaiting you.

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