How I Got Started...
"What's the big deal?" Those were my words exactly when I was suggested to do yoga after a car accident when I was 16. The back pain started well before then but this accident didn't make my inflamed back feel any better moving forward. It wasn't until I was 22 when a friend convinced me to try a gym yoga class. The class started with breath work- what?! I'm sitting still and just breathing? This sounded like the craziest thing in the world. I was at the time a full time student, part time worker and going through a terrible divorce. I never stopped moving enough to feel what was going on. Just sitting and breathing I noticed my body relaaaaaaax. The teacher led us through a series of moves I've never done before. I had no idea what foreign language they were using or what a Chatarunga was. But my body felt great, I was glistening in sweat and blissed out at the end with Savasana, Corpse Pose, left to lay down for minutes, alone, in silence, with myself. I could hear the monkey mind chatter, exploding in my ear. I noticed it. The experience hit me like a ton of bricks. I thought it was just my back that was malfunctioning but I realized it was my whole nervous system. My inner voice was not serving me. Yoga is what helped me tune into the fact that I experience stress that overwhelms me but I have a tool- my breath and these movements- that can guide me back to a peaceful state. Cultivating this body awareness years later, that stronger inner voice led me to find an autoimmune disease within my body. Something inside me said, "Take a look at yourself. Your throat chakra is blocked." And low and behold... it was true. I was diagnosed with lifelong Graves' disease- seen in those with hyperthyroidism. My intuition changed in all areas of my life.
A Message for You
Someone shared this gift of yoga to me and it saved me. I was running in circles, bombarded with negativity constantly. Whether we like to admit it publicly or not, I know first hand that we all get overwhelmed, scared, sad, anxious sometimes and yoga can be a tool to master life's challenges. Just as equally, yoga can be a form of celebration when things are going great. Maintaining the balance will come in handy on a rainy day. We will practice breathing calmly, process energy in our bodies and grow stronger physically too.
Together we celebrate a circular economy. As we continue on this journey together, extra energy and funds from each exchange will go towards feeding, clothing, healing or assisting someone in need. And forever, will go towards making yoga accessible to us all, despite color, shape, gender, status or ability. Thank you for contributing and honoring us all the privilege to walk beside you. Check out the video below to see the work done behind the scenes to uplift others.
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