I had practiced yoga in gyms and YMCA’s across America, and my otherwise non-athletic self-needed and loved its physical aspects. But I wasn’t prepared for the impact the ancient practice would have on me mentally and spiritually. When the 8 Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga (a traditional Himalayan yoga philosophy and practice dating back to Vedic times) was laid out in front of my, busy, stressed out, unhealthy, out of balance, crabby and shallow self, it was like discovering all five senses for the first time – all at once. Yoga provided a new lens through which to view the world, myself and my role.
Suddenly, yoga wasn’t about poses, pants, and headstands! It was about loving-kindness, connectivity, love, community, balance, self-awareness, strength, flexibility and CHOOSING how to live. Since that day in 2009, the brilliance of this almost 4,000-year-old philosophy and practice has never ceased to amaze, delight, support and transform me!
Yoga teaches self-responsibility and self-kindness, making us accountable for our choices and actions, how we live and what we think, do, say and seek. That’s an awful lot, but thankfully, yoga teaches its lessons gently, kindly reminding us that we are all special… but not really. The human experience encourages us to laugh at ourselves, not take things too seriously, forgive and love above all else. It reminds us what it is to live a full life, wholly in mind, body and spirit.
Today I am a big fan of sharing my yoga practice and teachings with as many Western seekers as I can. I believe many aspects of our North American culture are literally killing you physically, mentally and emotionally. If you have perfected being too busy and stressed out, if you are an over-worked parent, exhausted Mom, or tired soul. If you are insecure, sad, angry, bored, living out of balance, seeking calm, in need of restoration and replenishment—I’d love to share with you what I have learned through my own journey.