Yoga has been one of many tools I have used to develop myself as a person. Others include jiu jitsu, dance, reading, seeking wisdom from teachers of all sorts, traveling, various athletic trainings, nature, art, the good ol’ grit of real life, etc.
It all started for me when I was just a kid. I would snooze through early morning savasana in a class I was being dragged to. But I really started connecting with yoga in college when instead of sleeping, I would find water dribbling out of my eyes during savasana. Crying? Eh.. it was more like the flood gates of 2 decades worth of stopped-up energy being released. But hey, potatoes, potahtoes. At any rate, through the twists and folds and excruciating holds, I watched myself grow empowered out of heartbreak, find peace through a crippling 2 majors and 2 jobs, all the while my body was more acutely tuned than ever before. I’m a hyper-analytical person; science suits me beautifully! But for this, honestly, it just worked! (Spoiler alert: it’s not all woo woo, science does back it!)
Whoever you are, whatever you stand for, I’ll meet you exactly where you are at. If that means you come to a class and just sit in the back, building up the courage to push into your first downward dog, you’re welcome. Please come, you are the bravest of them all! If you want to park yourself up front and show us all your multiples of pushups into handstands through your chaturanga flow, come inspire us — be big and beautiful!
There’s room for all of us and opportunity for each of us to give and receive.