How did you find yoga?
Back in 1997, when I moved to Los Angeles, a Mentor suggested that I begin yoga. The suggestion was made as a means to cope with old childhood trauma which seemed to keep a stranglehold on me and was presenting through bouts of depression throughout my life.
Additionally, I was abusing marajuana and food as coping mechanisms for this issue. When I began practicing yoga, soooo many issues were cleared up, and many incongruities in my life were brought into alignment.
Beginning yoga in 1997 marked the end of drug use for me, and changed my life in myriads of ways for the better. Self-respect was now the new imprint, on and off the mat.
What are the benefits of your practice?
Physical – flexibility, weight loss, tone, elongation, fatigue, strength
Mental – clarity, self-love, equanimity
Spiritual – more aligned with my Higher Self and The Divine
How are you courageous?
Because of yoga, I was able to have the courage to live better, improve my Spirit, emotions, and physical body. Because of yoga, I was able to courageously decide to do a Yoga Teacher Training and from a committed practice and conscious consumption, I was able to release 80 pounds.
In Teacher Training, I’ve had the courage to do Urdvha Dhanurasana (full back bend), Handstand, and Scorpian. Life has changed. I have the courage and audacity to just keep on going, toward the light and the love…leaving the sadness back where it belongs. <3
Advice for beginners?
Do not fear yoga. There is a level for you. Start gently if you have fear and work your way up to harder levels and postures. For Heaven’s sake, forgive yourself for anything and everything. Remember, Yoga is a practice- not a perfect !!