My Yoga Journey Began in May of 2013.
After college my physical activities became stagnant, consisting mostly of walking to my car and exercising my jaw muscles while constantly eating. Granted, I was gifted with always having a petite figure, being able to eat what I want without consequence to my physical appearance. One day however, my dear mother declared me as "the most out-of-shape skinny person in the world" (like she’s met everyone), but she was right. I couldn’t walk up a couple flights of steps without getting winded, my cardio was non-existent, and I couldn’t even lift my own body weight (and at the time I weighed around 108 lbs of mush).
Back then I wasn’t into going to the gym to pump iron, or to try not to look confused as I read the instructions to the weight machines, and I definitely didn’t want to do any running. I was seeking a workout for my body goals which were to tone and slightly limber up, since I liked my overall body shaped. Since the gym wasn’t an option, I searched for home workouts and discovered my father had in his possession the entire DVD set of P90X. I did every intense DVD in that set and reacted to each with a “nope.” “Nope.” “NOPE.” Then I saw the Yoga DVD section in the set and said to myself, “Yoga. That should be easy, it’s just stretching right? Let me do that one" (I was completely clueless about what "a yoga" was). It was the hardest one in the package! And I couldn’t understand why. All I could think was, “I did these things as a kid, why can’t I do it now?” “Why does it burn so bad?” “What freaking muscle is this that I'm feeling?” “Why is this so hard… and why do I keep putting myself through it?”
I would come home everyday and do the 90 minute P90X Yoga DVD. It was a challenge. And the fire sign (Aries) in me can’t back away from a good challenge, I was determined. Then I realized Yoga was exactly what I was looking for in a physical practice. It builds strength, tones and lengthens muscles, while also improving oxygen/blood circulation. I became a woman obsessed. And when obsessed, you want to know more. I discovered that Yoga is more than just a physical workout, it’s a mental and spiritual (if you choose) workout as well. At that time in my life I had a mental and spiritual void that I was desperately trying to fill. As I dug deeper into the philosophy of Yoga, all that nutrient-enriched dirt I excavated started to fill that emptiness. And then it happened, for the very first time in my life I felt what it was like to be in love. I fell in love with Yoga.
Yoga was planted as a challenge, sprouted into an obsession, then blossomed into a passion.
...the rest is history.