How did you find yoga?
I found yoga when I was 13 years old on a vacation. I realized there was something amazing about it after my first class. I didn’t start practicing yoga regularly until I suffered from depression and an eating disorder in my freshman year of college.
Yoga to me is a way to heal, connect and love myself in the current day and moment. I have been able to connect even more with my sister and it recently has started to strengthen my relationship with my mother. I have found balance and awareness in my life because of yoga.
I am getting to the point where my yoga practice is more regular and that has changed everything for the better!
How have you overcome fear in life and your yoga practice?
For the last year I have been connecting with the word courage. It is empowering and grounding to me. It seems to be inspiring to me in all different aspects of my life. I use to not practice yoga or do any activities unless I knew I could do it perfect. I wanted to have that comfort zone of knowing perfection was in my reach.
By having the courage to show up when I knew it would not be perfect and knowing that I was growing not failing was empowering. Since making this change towards my yoga practice I have practiced more than ever in my life and feel freedom with myself. The courage of dropping the idea of perfection has carried over into all aspects of my life, especially with my family and career.
What are the benefits of your yoga practice?
I have been able to connect on a more physical and spiritual level with myself since practicing yoga. Raised in a very large traditional Catholic family I always had a sense of guilt and shame towards myself. I stopped going to church when I left for college and lost anything spiritual in my life. Yoga has helped my connect back with my spiritual side and made me realizes how it helps me through the hard times.
Today, I practice positive affirmation each morning with my yoga practice to ground me in the present day ahead.
Advice for beginners?
I think knowing that yoga is a life long journey is something important for everybody to remember. It’s not about doing the coolest or advance poses. They all have their benefits and I feel it’s when I go back to basics I find softness and opening. Giving up the idea to do the most perfect and advance posture can be really empowering.