Yoga is one of the fastest growing pastimes in the US and I know why, however most people I work with wonder what all the Yoga fuss is all about and often look at me as they would any addict. Kind of crazy! Then I got to thinking am I addicted to Yoga and of course the answer is completely Yes..
My addiction to Yoga really startedon a month long trip to India and the Himalayas. My life was in need of a change and a new direction. I went to India knowing that when I came back my life would no longer be the same. I had heard from friends who went to India that it would be a transforming experience. It was, for me this was the beginning on moving ahead from a traumatic event in my life that had left me broken and angry. Coming back from India I felt different and more at ease of the changes to come.
Two months after coming back from India I had moved to Oregon from Utah, started a new job and started Yoga. At first I was resistant to all the smiley faces that always seem to come with the practice of Yoga. I felt lost in my new surroundings and mostly uncomfortable with myself. Gradually however I found Yoga relieved my stress and always allowed me a deep sleep like no other exercise. After a few months of practice my lower back pain stopped and I started to loose weight. Every time I got onto the mat I felt connected to my body, heart and mind that allowed me to go deeper within myself to help heal the trauma that I kept so tightly hidden in the depths of myself I did not know it existed.
A year later I started Yoga teaching training and the transformation of change had begun. I never dreamed that I would be capable of teaching other people Yoga but I am and I love it. Teaching Yoga has bought me a new found confidence with myself that has also carried to other areas of my life that has expanded into opportunities that I could only have dreamt of a number of years ago.
The anient sages of five thousand years ago knew that these simple Yoga poses were transforming not just in the practice of the poses but of the breath. It is the
simple focus of the breath that energizes the body, calms the nervous system and allows our heart to have a voice that for most of us gets drowned out by the endless chatter of the mind.
I started Yoga as a workout practice that turned into a transforming experience and now I am one of those smiley faces coming out of the yoga studio that people look at you as if you are weird, maybe I am but I am a happy one at that.
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