Nice to meet you!
Nice to meet you!
I was somewhat forced into my first yoga class when I was teaching dance in Canada many years ago. Since coming from an active background, I assumed I would fly through the practice. After all, I knew my body and I knew how to control it....Or so I thought. The first class was a complete struggle, and I layed on my back most of the time. I would get up every once in a while to attempt a few poses. After returning 3 days in a row, I felt a subtle change. A sense of clarity, strength, and lightness started to come over me. When I got back to NYC, I had a strong curiosity and started seeking out yoga classes. This was going to make me strong, and I thought yoga was about performing poses on a mat for exercise. As I dug deeper and my inner world started to expand, I realized there was so much more than the physical that made up the practice. This practice wasn't just effecting my body physically, and I soon realized it was all about the mind. The more I became aware of the negativity and habitual thinking that had built up inside of me, the more it just started to melt away. Yoga turned into a spiritual quest, and I knew right away I was meant to share the gift, to shift others the way I had been shifted. That simple shift, I later came to realize, was to learn to live from love instead of fear.
As yoga helps you chip away through the layers of false identity, you find you feel whole when actively engaged in the present moment, and all of the things usually identifiable with, slip away; and you are left with your true presence and experience, the SELF.
We would be nothing without our teachers, so a huge thank you to Bryn Chrisman, Stacey Brass, Keely Garfield, Deborah Bagg, and Anna Greenberg for starting me on this incredible journey inward.
“Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.”
― B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Life