It is rather funny to think I used to loathe going to yoga. When I was a teenager, I had more energy than I knew what to do with. So, I gravitated towards cardio workouts like kickboxing and zumba. Thinking back to when I first tried yoga, I remember feeling uncomfortable in more ways than one. I couldn’t handle the silence – it made me bust out into laughter, which was embarrassing! Downward-Facing Dog felt all sorts of wrong, and the pace was way too slow for my taste.
I never would have guessed my life would flip a switch, and yoga would become a huge pillar in my life. I certainly never expected I’d be blogging about it today.
The Good, The Bad & the Transformational
Yoga came back into my life at a time of uttermost vulnerability. I was getting over an eating disorder I had developed back in high school and was dealing with the depression that lingered from it. I was at a standstill. It was my third year in college, and I was taking 21 credit hours on top of juggling two internships. Fatefully, one of my internships had me running social media for a yoga studio (ironic, right?!). The perks of the job granted me unlimited access to yoga classes at the studio.
One day of yoga a week turned into three which turned into five to six days a week of hot vinyasa flow. My passion was ignited, and I saw such a transformation in my physical self as much as my mental state of mind. Yoga was no longer a workout to me – it was a way of living. My yoga practice began to embody the life I never knew I had waiting for me.
Working Through the Awkward
When you’re new to yoga, the poses can feel awkward. You might feel like you’re doing it wrong, but that’s just because your body isn’t used to it yet. I know I felt awkward (and definitely looked it) because I knew for a fact my form wasn’t correct. You know what, though? THAT’S OKAY.
There’s a learning curve, and if you stick with it you’ll see how it transforms you. The day you nail your first headstand will be a day you’ll always remember. It feels incredible to measure your own progress and self-growth through your yoga practice.
Come As You Are
Yoga is not about how flexible you are. It isn’t about how well you can balance while holding yourself upside down on one arm. Yoga IS a personal journey – only you know how far you have come and where you are headed. How do you feel on the inside? If you feel inspired, enlightened and reborn after an invigorating yoga class and you feel empowered to finally make changes in your life, then that is what yoga is about.
Where I Stand Today
Today, I am healthier than I’ve ever been – physically, mentally, and spiritually rooted. I run an ever-growing yoga + lifestyle blog that I love with every fiber of my being. I earned my yoga teacher certification in Nicaragua last year, and I now teach around the city in my spare time. I am in love with the people in my life, and I feel very lucky.
I couldn’t be more grateful for my past, because without it, I wouldn’t have the passion instilled in me now. My experiences have shaped my way of thinking, and I truly believe everything happens for a reason.
I want to hear from you! How has your yoga practice inspired you – what challenges has your practice helped you overcome? Share in the comments below or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.