Finally, the first weekend of November in 2013, I decided I had waited long enough. I went on down and took my first heated vinyasa class. I had dabbled in yoga since I was in college, but nothing serious, and I had never done hot vinyasa before. I tried Bikram one time, and did not like it at all. So I was nervous and excited all at once for my first heated vinyasa class.
Seventy-five glorious minutes later, I was hooked. It took one class to have my full attention and from then I knew a healthy addiction was going to form.
And form did it ever. I started going to class 3 to 4 times a week. I had favorite instructors. I was never intimidated by what others could do that I was not able to do yet in my practice. My teachers would always say that yoga is a lifelong journey and where it will take you is the beauty of the entire thing. Yoga isn't just a form of exercise for the body, it's exercise for the mind and is so much more than even that.
My stress and tensions with work started to calm down. When there were ups and downs, I was able to work through them better by stopping and breathing through it, just like we do in yoga.
Other things in my life that were causing stress started falling into place. I do not know why, but I strongly feel yoga had a positive effect on this and my calmness that I developed from yoga helped with these particular life things falling into place.
I have grown so much as a person since starting yoga and I cannot wait to see where this journey takes me. My best friend commented to me on a post I had written on my blog about how yoga has changed my life. She said to me that she can see the difference and the positive effect it has had on me and my life. Not that I was ever a bad person or was always negative, she just can see my whole outlook has changed. And now she has been joining me to classes.
My practice has come so far, and I can only imagine where it will take me. I would love to teach yoga one day. I have a passion for the practice and would really love the opportunity to take the teacher training course. I know that these opportunities will come and go and come again and that I will be able to follow those dreams when the time is right.
Yoga gave me the extra push I needed to complete and follow through with the dream of writing my first children's book, Seamore the Starfish. I could not be more grateful for yoga.
Yoga has taken me to a completely new world. It has opened my eyes up to new beginnings and new possibilities. Yoga is a lifelong journey. My heart and health are so glad I found yoga. Shanti, shanti, shanti: peace, peace, peace. Namaste.