I've been struggling with what to write here. I'm not a blogger by any means, but hey, gotta start somewhere right? I suppose that's why you're here. You're wondering about my start into yoga, and wondering where you could get started. Right? Well even if it's not, that's where I am going to start. I'll begin with myself and the typical questions I get asked about my yoga journey.
How did I first get into yoga?
Easy. I was looking for a form of exercise that didn't include a treadmill or any gym equipment. As hard as I tried I couldn't get myself into working out. I hated it. It's boring. It's annoying. So one winter break in college I checked out the new yoga studio that opened up near home. I got a month membership for my time home and went. Every. Single. Day. What hooked me wasn't the workout. I didn't even work up a sweat most classes. What kept me coming back was how relaxed and renewed I felt after class. I remember my very first savasana, and how fascinated I was that my mind was totally blank the whole time. There was something more to this yoga thing, than just working out. I found a studio back at school that I liked (Kindness Yoga in Denver, check it out if you're in the area) and that was that. Yoga became part of my daily routine from then on.
Why did I decide to do my teacher training, and why in Bali?
I had been practicing steadily for about 3 1/2 years, and something was just missing in my life last summer. I was unhappy with my job, and really the only thing I enjoyed was yoga. I got fed up one day and decided what the hell, and I googled "yoga teacher trainings Costa Rica". (Yes, not Bali, Costa Rica) and I started clicking around. The first program I looked at had options in both Costa Rica and Bali, and thus began my search into what else Bali had to offer. I emailed and spoke with Liz Carey, the program director at Awakened Life School of Yoga and learned more about their program. It sounded perfect, and the timing of it fit perfectly into my schedule and my vacation availability. It was a sign. The first of many. (Follow the coincidences, as Liz would say).
I decided this was the right choice for me. I needed a change, and adventure, and I wanted to deepen my understanding and my yoga practice. Who knows if I wanted to teach, I just knew this 27 day trip was what I needed.
I'll dive more into my teacher training experience in future blog posts, but for now let's move on to you.
Where do you start if you're interested in learning more about yoga?
Right here! Or really, anywhere. Any teacher will tell you their story, each teacher has their own experiences to share and spin to take on all of the teachings of yoga, but really we are all saying the same thing. Yoga is more than a workout, it's a life choice, and a really awesome one. Come practice with me, and I'll show you what it's all about. (Spoiler alert, it's not all about handstands. Shocking, I know).
This blog will feature some more on my take on yoga philosophy, my experiences, diving deeper into understanding certain areas of yoga, certain pose breakdowns, and so on! Check back soon and I'll have some more insight for you. If you want something answered or a pose featured, email me from the contact page!
Until next time, yogis.