I practiced for a few years, in my bedroom of my parents' house (while they rolled their eyes at me). I would check out books from the library and I had one DVD that I would practice with.
Eventually, as it does, life got in the way and I left my practice. I would visit yoga again briefly during college and again during and after pregnancy. But it wasn't until I received a blatant message from the universe that I truly came back.
I reached a point in my life where I lacked joy and mindfulness. I began to question and even regret many of my life decisions. I was the most unhappy and unsatisfied that I had ever been. I wasn't taking care of myself emotionally, physically, or spiritually. Fortunately, one of the first things I brought back into my life was yoga. It made all the difference. It allowed me to heal emotionally, physically, and spiritually. I could move again! I found joy in the every day again! It was amazing.
I remember the day I re-gained respect for my body and knowledge that I was finally physically healing. I took my son to a birthday party at a play place with lots of inflatable obstacle courses and bounce houses. He begged me to go on an obstacle course with him. My first instinct was to say "No sweetie pie, Mommy won't fit." But, I couldn't say no. The entire time I thought to myself "What am I going to do? I'm going to get stuck! I'm going to look like an idiot! I can't do this!" I surprised myself when I made it through the whole thing. I wasn't winded, I didn't get stuck, and I have to say, I was kind of awesome at it. It was an amazing feeling. I couldn't believe how well I could move again!
This realization among many others gave me the courage to explore other paths. I have now self-published a short story, professionally published 3 children's books, started my own Yoga Business (Rowan Tree Yoga), and co-founded The Yoga and Wellness Collective with Carrie Hura.
Yoga has been good to me and I'm extremely excited to share it with the community. And I don't plan on leaving my practice again. It has taught me how to love and respect myself on all levels.
What brought you to yoga?