When given the opportunity to tell my story about how I got into yoga, I usually give the short version: I took a yoga class in college, loved it, found a studio back home and started attending class regularly. Eventually I got my certification and began teaching around town here and there before quitting my full time job to teach yoga as much as I could.
What's the long version you may ask? Well, as I said, I took a college credit yoga class for a semester with some friends and fell in love. This was a beginner class but we learned everything from speaking Sanskrit to doing poses and minor flows to eventually learning how to connect our breath with our movement. It was magic! I couldn't get enough and eventually found a studio at home where I fell in love even more! The studio was heated, sweat poured out of my body and I learned something new about myself every time I touched my mat.
Over the course of the next few years after I graduated, I took multiple jobs in radio, but nothing seemed to stick. I was constantly changing my mind on what my goals were, what I wanted to do and what my interests in the field were. My love for yoga, however, never changed. I was always trying to cut out of work early to get to class, my weekends and nights revolved around what class I could make it to. If I had a bad day, I went to yoga. If I had a great day, I went to yoga. Needed a break? Yoga. Needed to be around people? Yoga. Good stretch? Yoga. Workout? Yoga. Clear my head? Yoga. Pray? Yoga - yup, yoga. Every part of me relied on my yoga practice to get me through the day - no matter the day I was having.
A few years back, I was working part time after making a rotten career move and my parents suggested I get my certification to teach yoga. The timing was perfect - like I said, I worked part time and the course was taking place in the fall. So I did it. I took the plunge and enrolled in the course to get my 200 hour yoga teacher certification.
That nine week course changed my life. I learned so much about myself in those nine weeks and I am so grateful! Yoga has always been the answer and I'm sad it took me so long to figure it out! After a few more career moves, and lots of unhappy days, I quit. I started to focus all my attention on what made me happy: yoga - and then also realized I could do this for a living!
So I did! And that's where the rest is history!
When I started building this website, this was written in this section as an "example" of something to write:
"The road of yoga is endless - it all starts with a pose and a thought, and expands into a never-ending path of self discovery and growth."
I couldn't agree more with it - so I'm leaving it here for you. Yoga is about learning to breathe, linking that breath to movement, focusing on one thing at a time, and discovering that you are capable of more than you think!
My hope for you is that you find yourself. Find what makes you happy, what lifts you up, and what makes you "you". I hope you have days that are filled with joy, step outside of your comfort zone, and try to a better version of yourself every day. Try new things, create memories, and don't forget to smile :)
Every day is a day to start over and practice life - no one has it mastered but once you learn to breathe through everything, move with intention and open your heart - anything is possible, especially if you add a little yoga :)