My Story with yoga is more then one of physical transformation, but the physical can be captured on film. The emotional and spiritual changes are felt with in and noticed dramatically by my friends and family and hopefully all those who come in contact with me. I am not perfect, but I am better then I was, more mindful and present which is a gift no one can take away. I found my breath, I found my body, I found my purpose. But here I will share with you my physical story with yoga.My Story With Yoga
I share my story with you in the hopes that you will begin or continue the practice of yoga,
recognizing that yoga is for Every BODY.
I hear everyday,
I am to fat to do yoga.
I am too out of shape to do yoga.
I am not limber enough to do yoga.
I am to old to do yoga.
I do not share this journey to brag nor do I want you to judge your practice based only on your physical achievements but to see that anything is possible.
Focus on the qualities that really matter. Are you more patient, calmer, compassionate, and present.
I had a client come to my studio and she said she needed help, that her mind and her body were divorced. My hope for you is that you will find a beautiful marriage between your body, your mind and your spirit, and find that peace is available to you always.
It is such a pleasure to work with you and I look forward to getting to know each of you on a more personal level!
This is me when I first found yoga
I had all but given up. I was turning 40 and my body and my mind had given into the chatter and believe that once you hit 40 it was all down Hill. As you can see, I am a bit of a mess here. My body shape is quite a bit different, but what is not as apparent is my mindset was also quite different. I was depressed, frustrated by my weight and just did not feel good. I am an artist and I just dove into my art, which at the time was quilting, so I sat on my bum alot.
Same weight as before but what a different shape my body and my mind were in. It is hard to believe that this is me at the same weight as above, but it is. I am still tipping the scales at 180 but as you can see it is distributed differently. My eating I must admit is the part of my yoga I struggle with the most
April of 2010 I Broke my Ankle
I had an accident and broke my ankle after a scuba diving trip in the Bahamas. Over the last year I began to incorporate inversions into my practice and was a bit fearful of losing it. I did not realize how much I had begun to judge my practice on my personal physical accomplishments and it was thru this injury that I began to really apreciate how far I had come in my journey. It was also because of this injury that I now teach a more adaptive style of yoga. But first I had to grieve the loss of what had become my physical practice, but it was in sharing a more adaptive style of yoga that I found my physical practice improved and my body healed dramatically. Finding the balance between effort and ease and incorporating the use of a chair has allowed me to explore and refine the action of each asana.
Just recently I have been able to do this!
Something I never dreamed my wrist would allow.
When I first began yoga I was not able to do plank, side plank or att imes even down dog. My left wrist has a bone spur in it and the pain was horrible. But after years of patiently strengthening my wrist and creating space in the wrist joint I am now able to do handstands. So do not count yourself out of the physical improvements, but do not let the physical aspects of the practice scare you. It has been because of these struggles with my body and overcoming them slowly that I am now able to offer modifications to help you find healing and success in your practice one step at a time.
And Now look at me, Almost 10 years later
This did not happen overnight and I was 48 when I was first able to do it.
Yoga for me has been life changing in more ways then in my physical body, but the changes here are quite evident. I share this with you not to brag but to encourage you to believe that “Yes You Can!” Because my yoga practice has not come naturally to me, I get how some of the poses seem unattainable, and for many of us will remain unattainable. What is important is not how deep or far or long you hold a pose, but that where ever you are in the asana you find ease, you listen to the wisdom of your body. In doing so you will be amazed at what happens. Don’t try to force anything, this will only take you backwards, give yourself the freedom to be where you are and embrace it. Patience and compassion are key.
I am passionate about yoga and eager to share with you the deep, rich tradition which focus on healing from the”inside-out,” benefiting the WHOLE person, mind, body & soul. Immerse yourself in a community devoted to health, personal growth, and laughter for each individual who walks through our doors.