My journey to yoga started out of curiosity. As a physical therapist, I already knew the importance of physical activity on health and well-being but wanted to try something different than my weight training regimen. So, I got my Groupons and monthly passes and was able to experience different classes for a little while, which was a lot of fun and a great workout. It wasn’t until I stopped that I recognized how much of an impact yoga had on improving my anxiety-related pain. During the hour-long WORK IN, I was able to surrender and let go as someone else guided me. The movement, the breath, the challenge to be mindful and the time away from my day-to-day was an important piece of my wellness puzzle that I didn’t know I was missing.
Once I came to this conclusion, I wanted to get deeper into the practice and enrolled in a 200-hour teacher training program. I was excited to use what I learned to not only help myself, but my patients, many of whom have pain that is worsened by or due to the inability to address and reduce their stress, anxiety, or depression. As I continued to delve further into my own practice and start teaching, I found that I loved teaching too, sometimes even more than my 9-5! Seeing people leave with bliss on their face, sweat on their brow, and happiness shining around them after the physical and mental challenge was invigorating.
I’m excited for you to join me on your mat to get sweaty, push yourself to places that you didn’t know you could go, and tap into your potential on and, more importantly, off the mat.