I was asked this question as my first assignment before I start yoga teacher training. Easy, I thought. Yet when I started to write about it I drew a blank. What is yoga? To me, yoga is balance, centeredness, movement, breath, meditation, a connection between my mind and body. The word yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as “union” or a method of discipline.
My yoga journey started about 7 years ago when I moved from Kansas City to Cincinnati, solo as usual. I didn’t know many people and started looking for activities to fill my time and occupy my busy mind. I quickly discovered a yoga studio down the street and started going on the daily. My yoga journey had begun and I started on a path of physical health and wellness.
It was really hard for me at first, down dog hurt my shoulders, I wasn’t so flexible, I couldn’t bind, but I kept at it. It helped me become centered in my new home and process how I was feeling about my move and my new unknown life. It helped me slow down and pay attention to my body. Yoga has also helped me fall in love with my body. I was super awkward/chubby as a teenager and as I’ve grown up, I’ve learned how to nourish my body. Yoga is great exercise and prompted me to get in great shape. I’ve become passionate about being healthy- mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
I’ve since ran half marathons, I do spin regularly, and physical fitness is a huge part of my life. Yoga is a part of this foundation and it keeps me balanced. Yoga helps me stay grounded and open. It’s hard for me to relax and slow down sometimes, okay, most times, so yoga helps me do this with the movement of my body.
I get to dedicate the next month to yoga, learning about yoga, and practicing yoga. I get to use this practice in breath and movement and share it with others as a teacher and a guide. I hope to bring union to my body, mind, and emotions. I hope to use my practice to help others to the same.