How did you find yoga?
I am a former office drone and as I get older I find it harder to move comfortably in my body. Yoga has shown me how to have patience with my self as I have watched my abilities to move evolve.
A local class led by a compassionate teacher has kept me coming back on a regular basis. I have just returned after a year off due to work related injuries and find my body responding with a memory of the movements. I am ‘practicing’ at having a home practice with some sun salutations and other moves that come to mind.
How have you overcome fear in your practice?
Having the courage to show up on a regular basis, make the financial commitment to a studio practice, being brave to try the next step beyond a ‘foundation’ pose, moving through hot flashes and their attendant nausea and anxiety, ‘sitting’ when intense ‘feelings’ come up.
What are the benefits of your practice?
I am comfortable in my body, I do not tolerate discomfort now that I have an effective way to relieve it. I can ‘breathe’ through anxiety and trust the insights that arise during practice.
Advice for beginners?
I started in my mid 50′s and am still at it at 60. The biggest hurdle was making the commitment to just show up. Ask questions, don’t be put off by the young flexible ones in the front row.