I was somewhat forced into my first yoga class when I was teaching dance abroad in Canada several years ago. At the beginning of the class the teacher instructed to lay down on your back or in child's pose if rest was needed, and I layed on my back most of the class, getting up every once in a while to attempt a few poses. After returning 3 days in a row, something started happening to me. This clarity and strength, and lightness came over me. When I got back to NYC, I had a strong curiosity and started seeking out yoga classes. I thought yoga was about performing poses on a mat for exercise, but as I dug deeper and my inner world started to expand, I realized there was so much more than asana that made up the practice. Yoga turned into a spiritual quest, and I knew I was meant to share the gift, to shift others the way I had been shifted.
As yoga helps you chip away through the layers of false identity, you find you feel more like yourself when actively engaged in the present moment, and all of the things usually identifiable with, slip away; and you are left with your true identity, the SELF.
We would be nothing without our teachers, so a huge thank you to Bryn Chrisman, Stacey Brass, Keely Garfield, Deborah Bagg, and Anna Greenberg for starting me on this incredible journey inward.
“Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.”
― B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Life