IMG_8584“I started my yoga practice in 2006 and that was the beginning of all the wonderful experiences I’m enjoying in my life right now.  I had injured myself and I couldn’t run or walk straight.  I gave it a few weeks hoping the injury would go away but nothing changed except that I couldn’t go hiking or workout my lower body.  I had heard of Bikram Yoga and its benefits for a while but didn’t want to try it as it didn’t seem like a good workout.  To my great surprise, I had a very challenging time in class, not only due to my injury but also because the class was so long.  It seemed like forever.  I was told to give this practice a week so I get used to the class. I bought 10 class pass and though there were days I didn’t want to go, I went because I didn’t want to waste the classes that I had already paid for.  My leg and hip started feeling better as I was able to move around and my walk was better.  It took at least 6 months for me to be able to get full range of movement in my hip and I loved going to yoga.  I was hooked.  I loved the sweat and the students and most of all that I didn’t have to think what I had to do during class.  It fit my personality perfectly as I got to put energy into working and not thinking during class.

Many great things have come from this practice and I will mention a few:

•I met my wonderful husband the same year I started practicing yoga – 9 years ago.
•I have met most amazing and loving souls whom I am proud to call friends.  They humble me.
•I get to share the supportive and loving environment with other yogis and teachers, who really create the encouraging and empathetic environment for us. So thankful to all the teachers who have helped me understand and experience my strength and dedication to the practice.

No two days of practice are the same.  Even after 9 years, the practice brings me to my knees at times.  I will keep going back to that room and practicing until I can.  I have changed and I will keep changing but the yoga is the same – always there, always still- as if it’s frozen but has so much love in it to share.”