- Yoga challenges me mentally, physically and spiritually. What other activity does that?
- Yoga is a subjective practice. No matter how hard I work, there will always be room for improvement, i.e. better focus, better pose form, better breath control, etc.
- For those who have never practiced yoga, Yoga is a lot like golf, in that you rarely have command of your long game, short game, and putting, all on the same day. That elusive perfect game is what brings you back day after day and week after week.
- Yoga gives me a sense of contentment. When I focus, it makes me appreciate every second, every minute, and every day. Too often, we focus on the past and the future and fail to enjoy the present. Try focusing on every second as it passes, knowing that you will never get that second back again. How long did it take for your mind to wonder? That’s why they call it a practice!
- Yoga gives me a sense of peace. When was the last time that you were truly at peace with where you are in life, with who you are, and/or with what you have accomplished? You cannot put a price on true peace!
- Yoga makes me more resilient. Unfortunately, stress will always be part of our lives, whether it be work, relationships, finances, etc. We cannot always control the stressors in our lives, but we can often control how we react those stressors and yoga gives me to the tools to act in the most appropriate manner.
*Mental health issues could hinder someone from acting in an appropriate manner.
- Yoga gives me superpowers! No, not really, but it does make me feel like a have a secret weapon in my back pocket that few other people have.
- Yoga improves my performance, mentally and physically. If I can stay focused and can control my breath in the yoga studio, then Ideally, I will be able to control my breath in a real-world situation.
I love teaching yoga for all the reasons I mentioned above. However, there are a few things that I continue to struggle with:
- The perceived unwillingness to try yoga. Why can’t others see the benefits of yoga and be willing to give it a concerted effort? How can others pass on something so wonderful and/or life altering?
- Why can’t everyone have an “addictive” type of yoga experience like me? A wise woman (Kelsey Timas) once told me that all I can do is make a space for others on the mat. I cannot make them have an experience.
- If yoga can improve your performance, why wouldn’t everyone want to practice? This is especially puzzling for me when I think of people that work in high-stress occupations.
Yoga is for EVERYONE! Yoga has the unique ability to provide everyone with a challenging and /or life-altering experience, regardless of physical ability (strength, cardio, and flexibility). If you put forth the effort (focus), on a regular basis, you will be rewarded in innumerable ways. I sincerely hope to see you on the mat!
200-hour YTT (Guiding Wellness Institute)