A lot of yogis say this, but I know that it’s true from my own experience:
I didn’t find yoga, yoga found me.
Yoga found me during the darkest time of my life to date, and it’s been with me ever since. Yoga carried me through heartbreak, celebration, stress, depression, sickness, and extreme happiness.
Yoga has proven to be one of the best friends i’ve ever had – always honest, always quiet, always there when you need it.
Yoga gently allows us to look at ourselves – our real selves – without judgement. Not societies version of who we should be, but who our soul and the universe intends for us to be. Yoga reminds us that we are all one and when one of us hurts, we all hurt. When one of us feels joy, we all feel touched by joy.
Yoga taught me that I am compassionate, sensitive, and inspired. My practice also showed me that I am impatient, hot-tempered, and insecure at times. All of the aspects of yourself yoga will show to you, and will show to you in a nonjudgmental light.
Something really magical happens when we step on our mat and start to do our opening sun salutations. Stored energy experienced as anxiety, heartache, sadness, etc., is released and given space to breathe within our bodies. It is in this space that we are able to realize that all emotions are simply stagnant energy within our bodies, and yoga gives us the ability to move energy around like no other practice i’ve ever tried. That’s what I believe causes the natural ‘yoga high’ – a release of blocked energy and renewed open channels to invite love, happiness, and success into your life.
Not only do I credit yoga single-handedly for getting me through the worst parts of my Chronic Fatigue/anxiety ordeal, but I also am incredibly grateful for the respect my practice gave me for my body. Prior to starting a dedicated yoga practice, I viewed all food as ‘bad’ and used diets and exercise as punishment for my body for not fitting into what society tells us we should look like. Today I can proudly say that even on the worst body confidence days, I have the love and respect for my body to feed it and move it but not overdo it. Without yoga, I know I would still be attached to my old patterns around food and exercise.
Yoga has saved me, enhanced me, and enriched my life so much. It has become a huge part of my philosophy on life and my personal beliefs. I pray that everyone has a beautiful experience with this ancient practice that is so important to me and many, many others. May it heal you, embrace you, and bring you back to the oneness of life.
Lots of love and downward dogs,