My Passion: Yoga
The word yoga means "to yoke"- to join together in unity.
The hardest part of yoga isn't twisting yourself into a pretzel- it is quieting the inner chatter and focusing on being present.
Once the mind is quieted, the body can move with ease. Each movement is done with the breath.
Yoga isn't a religion, but rather a lifestyle that promotes spiritual growth by connecting with our true selves.
A Journey From Apathy to Passion
I take my first Yoga class at LA Fitness to supplement my rigorous spinning and running routines. I like it, but I don't love it (yet).
As a Christmas present to myself, I buy myself a 1 year unlimited pass to my neighborhood studio and vow to practice at least 3x per week.
I start taking heated classes at a yoga studio and I am instantly hooked. The ambiance of a studio instead of the gym makes all the difference.
After years of saying "one day...", I decide to take the plunge and start a teacher training program.
We resist what we need the most.
Yoga: Come for the exercise, stay for the life lessons.
Peace comes from within.
Seperating Fact from Fiction
NOPE. That is like asking if you have to be a marathoner to go for a jog! Flexibility comes with time. Just start where you are, respect your body, and you'll be toe-touching in no time.
NOPE. While it is true that many practitioners are vegetarian, loving bacon and loving asanas are not mutually exclusive. You do you, yogi- if that includes cheeseburgers, by all means, enjoy!
NOPE. Many studios offer "pay what you can" community classes, or you can practice at home for free! Don't be fooled by good marketing: your practice is just as legit in your old college sweats as it is in a $90 pair of Lululemon pants.
NOPE. Yoga is for everybody and every body type. You can start a yoga practice at any weight, age, or level of fitness. It truly is YOUR practice- go at your own pace, and modify to meet your specific needs.
What does that mean, anyway?
"The light in me sees and honors the light within you"