I tried yoga for the first time when I was pregnant with my son. My midwife, Maeve suggested that I try yoga as a way to help tone my body and stay healthy for the birth of my son.
I wasn't very flexible or strong at that time, so I felt too uncomfortable to try a live yoga class. I realize now that I had nothing to be embarrassed about, because yoga is for everyone! Maeve let me borrow a yoga DVD. I tried the DVD a few weeks before my son was born, and I loved it. After the birth, I tried a few yoga classes at a local gym with my sister-in-law and our friend. I wasn't able to practice often because the yoga schedule didn't really work for me, but I was hooked. I loved the practice of yoga, and I loved the final relaxation posture at the end of class. My body was challenged physically, and my mind was given the space to have some calm and peace.
I took a break from yoga for a few months. At that point I desperately wanted to continue practicing yoga, but I still couldn't find a class that worked for both my schedule, and my small yoga budget. Then, I turned to YouTube. And Amazon. And iTunes. I started practicing yoga as many days as I could manage, and I started to see drastic differences in my life. I started to loose the weight that I had gained from working at a bakery before I had my son (I just can't seem to say no to cupcakes with real buttercream!), I became flexible. I could touch my toes without bending my knees for the first time ever! Most importantly, I felt good. I started to gain confidence in myself again. I felt good about my personal practice of yoga, and I felt good about how strong my body was becoming.
Later I started attending classes at a studio, and I saw my practice expand greatly from the instruction of a live teacher. When I enrolled in yoga teacher training I saw the greatest difference in my practice because of my wonderful teacher, Joseph Stingley. I wouldn't be where
I am right now without Joseph's guidance and instruction. (If you can, come to one of Joseph's classes with me sometime!)
Yoga is the only physical 'exercise' I have ever enjoyed. I love yoga, and I think that yoga is for everyone. Yoga is for people who haven't worked out for years. Yoga is for athletes. Yoga is for the inflexible and the flexible. When I'm feeling great I practice yoga. If I'm having a challenging day, I practice yoga. Yoga has brought so much joy and empowerment to my life, that I want to share that joy with others. I hope that you will join me for a class, and see how yoga can benefit you!