Today is #internationalyogaday.
I know many of my posts have been food related recently (building up those bubbas) but yoga has been one of the most profound tools in my life. I 'found' yoga at 19. I had been through almost a decade of low self esteem, eating problems and disconnection to myself and the world around me. The first class I attended was a fusion style with a long savasana. Immediately yoga resonated with me. For the first time in my life I felt more grounded, connected and in tune with my body. It was then that my love affair began.
In those days yoga classes were a rarity. I searched high and low and practiced as much as I could. I became stronger and happier and I started to understand that I was not alone or different. I travelled to India and went on retreats. I couldn't learn enough. There was so much to learn!
It took me over 10 years to apply for a teacher training course. Mainly because of the deep respect that I had for the yogic system. I knew that to have the privilege to call myself a 'yoga teacher' that I had to know more and feel ready to impart knowledge.
My journey with yoga has had its ups and downs of course. At the beginning it was intense and strong. Like many, I had times where I was fixated on achieving the best headstand, handstand or transition. I had times where my practice lapsed and I became frustrated and times when perhaps I practiced a little too much. There were experiences of understanding, love, release and stillness and there were wonderful connections to others because of our mutual love of this discipline. Throughout all of this though, my buddy yoga was teaching me more and more about myself and the world I lived in (and at times I felt very lost in and misunderstood by). I am very lucky to have had a multitude of inspiring teachers and friends on this journey and my teaching has evolved over the years. I have taught vinyasa flow, hatha, yin and children's yoga. I now have the ultimate privilege of helping women through their fertility and pre/postnatal journeys and my teaching has become slower and more restorative.
So today, I would like to say -Thank You Yoga- I couldn't do it without you! #yogayoulegend