Yoga and I have quite the history going back over sixteen years. It all started the summer between my freshman and sophomore year of high school when my girlfriend popped in her moms Raquel Welch 90 minute yoga vhs. It kicked our butts in the best way possible and we ended up doing it the next day, and then the next day and before I knew it I was hooked. I immediately went out to find a studio near me and joined.
I remember my first few practices at that studio. Holding downward dog for five breaths was one of the hardest things my body had ever done. My shoulders would yell and me and I found childs pose to be my very best friend. Every day I went back to my mat and would push myself a little harder, holding postures a little longer, feeling my body growing stronger and stronger. It wasn't until I went back to school that I noticed the true benefits of this yoga practice I had developed over the summer.
Growing up school had been extremely difficult for me. Diagnosed with ADD at a very young age, I always struggled in school which made it almost torturous for me. I have very vivid memories of sitting in my bathroom on the floor crying because once again I stayed up all night study for a test that I barely passed. When I say the struggle was real... I really mean, THE STRUGGLE WAS REAL, y'all! However, after a summer of yoga, school somehow just wasn't as hard. I could sit still longer in class and pay better attention. Things just seemed to clicked a little better then they did before, and I also noticed my memory improving. I stopped taking the ADD medication and just used yoga as a means to calm my mind and pay attention. My grades started soaring and life as I knew it had changed. I feel in love with the whole education process and I had yoga to thank.
I continued this practice for the next 5 years before I decided to take it to the next level. After receiving my AA degree, I took a semester off to study Hatha yoga, yoga philosophy and meditation, receiving my 200 hours teacher training certificate. I knew I wanted this for my personal practice but also because I wanted to help others receive the same benefits from yoga I had received.
Everyday I am incredibly grateful for this ancient practice and the beautiful teaching that come with it. I feel extremely blessed to have a body that allows me to move in and out of the posses that build my mind body connection. I would consider yoga to be one of the loves of my life! I can't image a world in which I didn't have this practice to rely on.