In any class, you can find people of all skill levels in yoga and that should be inspiring. For me, it’s wonderful to learn from experienced and accomplished instructors as well as share my practice with yoga enthusiasts whenever I can. Your “why” might include at least one thing on this list:
- It helps you live in the present
- It helps with stress relief
- You will sleep better
- It can help relieve chronic pain
- It will make you stronger
- You will gain flexibility and mobility
- It helps the body detoxify and aids in organ function
- Gain a sense of inner calm
- It reminds you to breathe!
- You enhance proprioception
- You will build your self confidence
- It helps with weight management
- You become a part of a lineage
- It will improve your posture
- It helps with concentration
- You will cultivate an attitude of gratitude
- It can be cathartic and help unlock stuck emotions
- Deeper breathing reduces stress and inflammation
- You will have steamier sex!
- You will become more playful
- You grow your community
These points are from “21 Reasons to do Yoga.” Each has a straight-forward short explanation; a great place to start or pick up your practice.
Running, weight lifting, pilates, crossfit and many others focus on strength and endurance. Modern yoga builds strength, flexibility, balance and mobility.
Growing up, I wasn’t athletic. I knew nothing about yoga, body awareness, meditation or any physical exercise; although I was an active person.
When I was 39-years old, a friend became a yoga teacher and I was naturally supportive of her. She was into hot yoga, meaning the exercises she taught, was in a hot room where you sweat... a lot. The first yoga class I ever had was in a hot room and I didn’t like it at all. But, when the class was over, I felt incredibly good! When I tried a second class I felt sick and left early. After the third try I was hooked! I was chasing the great feeling I had after each class. In six months I took teacher training; a 200-hour Absolute Hot Yoga Teacher Training that was actually quite physically and emotionally challenging. There, I learned that yoga is more than poses. It’s philosophy, anatomy, breathing techniques, self-accepting and more. I attended another 200-hour-Vinyasa Teacher Training. It was then yoga transformed my life. I also completed 28 hours of Yoga for Kids and Families Teacher Training.
After graduating, teaching opportunities came my way and I found a love of sharing these experiences with others. My advanced training influenced the way I thought about life: my relationship with my husband, my kids and myself. Life’s irritations became less irritating, ego became less of a concern. I became mindful of what is important (to me), and just as powerful, what is not. I became happier, healthier and wiser. It's been a very positive experience for me and I truly enjoy sharing yoga with others.
While it’s not necessary for you to become an instructor or change your lifestyle, practicing yoga will make you feel better immediately. If you continue, you’ll be on a path that leads to a positive, healthy lifestyle that you can enjoy as long or as deeply as you want.
I love yoga and I use it every day. I am certified to teach yoga to adults and children, and offer public and private classes. I hope this website helps you along this journey. Here, you’ll find opportunities to learn yoga, products I recommend, events you might like to check out, and more... all for enhancing your yoga practice.
Let’s be happy and healthy... together!