One of the joys of being a yoga teacher is that I get to witness a change in people that most don’t get to see. During an hour-long practice, I see a room full of people lose their facades and fall into the moment. I see faces soften, shoulders relax, and defenses fall away.
I am honored and grateful to be a teacher of yoga because I introduce my students to an ancient path of awareness that balances the physical and spiritual self.
Yoga is more than just doing poses.
The beauty and inspiration of yoga is that it consists of many different elements. While most people are familiar with the physical aspects of yoga, Asana practice is only one discipline. I believe there is a right Yoga for everybody and every “body”. Some other types of yoga include: Chair Yoga, Stretch Yoga and Restorative Yoga for flexibility and suppleness. There is Power or Vinyasa Yoga to build strength, Hot Yoga for detoxing and Yin Yoga. If you are interested in more peace, more spirit, more love, then other paths of yoga may be more rewarding for you. There is always more to learn and because of that, we are all students. The practice of yoga can open yourself to the possibilities of life and empower you.
Getting comfortable with the uncomfortable.
Some practices are hard. Some flow with ease. At one time or another, we all feel like swearing at our teachers as we hold a pose. Every time we practice yoga, we have the opportunity to be in the present, to stop the stories of why we are the way we are, and just be. It sounds easy, but it is one of the most challenging parts of the practice. Staying with each breath as it unfolds is the most advanced part of yoga.
It is important to feel yoga, not perform yoga.
I do not look like a svelte cover model yogi. I cannot do certain poses. Without thought or judgment, we let sensation be our guide as our breathing lets energy flood in, and stress and stagnation seep away. It doesn’t matter what it looks like to others. It only matters how it feels to you. What we do on our mats is practice for what happens in our “out of the studio” world. We learn to stay present while driving, doing the dishes, and mowing the lawn. Yoga helps us through times of discomfort, and in meeting the mundane aspects of our lives with acceptance, not resistance . Yoga is a not just something I do. It is the way I live my life. I encourage everyone to start where they are and let the practice evolve, unfold, and transform you.