200 RYT (300 RYT in progress)
My favorite pose is whatever I am struggling with on any given day. The first reaction many of us have to being challenged is frustration, anger, or even defensiveness; but I have learned that if I don’t challenge myself, I cannot grow. And it is in welcoming and exploring my daily challenges that I inch closer to becoming the person that I want to be. I also love to be challenged in my asana practice because it reminds me to have compassion for myself. Instead of feeling angry or disappointed in myself for failing to nail a pose, I can laugh at my lack of balance or give myself permission to take a modified version without any judgement. Practicing compassion for myself is hugely important to my well-being, and it is something that I take off the mat.
I started practicing yoga in 2007. I was struggling with anxiety and self-doubt, never quite living up to the expectations that I had set for myself. I lived solely for the future and did not appreciate my accomplishments or count my blessings. And I didn’t come to yoga to heal. I hated running, so yoga was a good way for me to get exercise; however, I quickly found that the physical practice helped me to cope with my anxiety. It wasn’t until 2015, when I was encouraged by one of my yoga teachers to sign up for a 40 Days to Personal Revolution workshop, that the benefits of yoga really started to take hold. I learned how to apply the practices that I had been using on the mat to my life outside the studio. I met amazing people and became better acquainted with myself. These experiences set me on the path to becoming a yoga teacher, and ultimately changed the course of my life. I’m grateful for what yoga has done for me, and I love sharing it with others.