I have always had a huge passion for health and wellness, which is where yoga comes into play. I’ll never forget my very first class which was during college when I was visiting my sister, who lived in Chicago at the time. At that time I had zero interest in group classes and had no idea what a downward dog was. I definitely did not have the cute and trendy yoga clothes down. Working out, in general, was somewhat foreign to me at the time. I was never the most flexible person growing up either, I could barely even touch my toes when I was younger!
Later, I started practicing yoga videos at home. I didn’t feel comfortable working out in front of others, so practicing in the safety of my own home was very appealing to me. It felt like a safe haven and not to mention it was a very cost-effective option- as we all know that yoga classes can get pricey.
After that came my first hot yoga class in Los Angeles with a friend and once again I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Yes, I practiced at home, but I definitely still had a lot to learn. I remember feeling sweaty and disgusting in the heat and feeling as though I was going to pass out. The ironic part is that now the hot classes are my favorite. So if you are someone who tried it once and didn’t think it was your cup of tea, do not worry, there is still hope!
As time passed and after years of practicing at home, I eventually found a local yoga studio I loved and began practicing there regularly. After years of developing a solid and consistent practice in studios, I decided to go on a yoga retreat. I traveled to Costa Rica and it was then that I truly realized how much the yogi life really interested me. I met tons of other amazing and interesting like-minded yogis, many of which had already become certified. They all raved about what a magical life-changing experience it was. I knew that it was something I wanted to pursue. Whether or not I wanted to actually teach it down the road was still in question, but I knew the experience would be worth the while. Now, here I am, preparing to head to Bali for a Yoga Teacher Training and I couldn’t be more grateful for the path that took me here.
I’m still no expert and have a lot to learn, but that is the best part. After all, life is about the journey, not the destination!
If there is one thing for certain, I never would have guessed during my first yoga experience that one day I would be learning to become a certified yoga teacher. That’s the beautiful part of life, it can work in mysterious ways sometimes where you even surprise yourself.