I remember a time only 4 years ago when by back constantly ached, my posture was so bad and i had body pains that no 22 year old should have. Thats why I was drawn to the physical benefits of yoga, I felt that maybe it could help me and give me some relief.
I still remember my first yoga class, I couldn’t touch my toes and I felt so embarrassed about how un-flexible I was, I knew that I need this. Initially it was the physical relief it gave me that kept me going back. But as I practiced more, this dark cloud of negative thoughts was slowly lifting from my mind and I was beginning to see life in a whole new way. As I began to feel the mental clarity and emotional release, I knew that I had found a path that I wanted to follow.
After a year and a half of practicing I made the decision to travel to India alone. I doubted if I was ready for a teacher training but I was hungry to learn more and discover the roots of yoga. I studied and trained with traditional Indian yogic masters. As I delved into yogic philosophy I realized that yoga is so much more than just the physical practice, the yogic path is a deep Spiritual Journey of understanding yourself.
Today I don’t practice yoga to be able to do advanced Asanas, but I am proud of how far my body has come and I understand how powerful the mind body connection is. My body is only an instrument to understand the mind and achieve bliss.
I practice Yoga because it reminds me to slow down and listen to myself, it gives me an opportunity to explore within, it teaches me to understand and love myself every day, it helps me to stay focused on the things that are important in life, it gives me a passion and purpose and brings me peace even in the craziness of life.
My yoga Journey is still only just beginning and I will continue to elevate my awareness and knowledge. I feel forever grateful to have been shown this path and feel that its my dharma to share it with others.
I have felt the transformation that can happen through yoga and that’s why I want to teach. I want to share this experience so others can feel it too.
I truly believe that we can heal the world but that healing starts with you.