I remember the first time I was introduced to Yoga. Being a young college student majoring in Exercise Physiology meant that I had to explore every kind of physical activity. 100% of the time, I was seeking the “burn”. I wanted a good, hard workout that made me feel like I had really accomplished something. My entire focus in my youth and young adult life was on the mind and body. At that time, however – the mind and body were two seperate entities to me. The body was something I was constantly trying to sculpt, and the mind was something I was always trying to fill. The concept of bringing the two together through the practice of Yoga was not even a budding thought during those years, so my visits to the Yoga mat were short lived.
After having children, I reached a place where I really wanted to explore the deeper side of my being. Although I had returned to Yoga only to try to repair a knee injury, I was finding so many layers to it that I never recognized – including that element of spirit that I had somehow always failed to nurture. Was it that I was older and more open minded? Was it that I found the right kind of classes and instructors that challenged me? Had my body taken enough pounding throughout the years that I finally realized there was another way? The answer is Yes – to all of the above, and then some.
Being the learner type that I am, I dove in deep. I read every book I could get my hands on, went to every workshop within a 100 mile radius, visited all studios and types of classes I could, practiced daily – and finally went through my 250 hour Teacher Training.
This journey has been the most tranformative of any in my life. I have learned so much about not only the incredible practice of Yoga, but about myself. I now realize the importance of caring for my mind, body and spirt as one. I have learned to slow down and appreciate every step of my journey. I’ve learned to appreciate what I’ve got, what I’m not, and who I am.
And so now I feel it is my calling to share it with you. The sunnier outlook, the elimination of constant injury and aches, the increased confidence, the lengthening and toning of muscles, the sense of calm – and the love of thine own mind, body and spirit; are many of the great gifts I have received through the regular practice of Yoga. I would love to be a part of your journey in receiving these gifts too. Won’t you join me?
Wednesdays – 5:30 p.m. Yoga Flow at Mountainside Fitness / Carefree
Fridays – 5:30 a.m. Yoga Flow at Mountainside Fitness / Carefree
Saturdays – 9:30 a.m. Yoga Flow at Mountainside Fitness / Peoria
Saturdays – 10:30 a.m. Power Yoga at Mountainside Fitness / Peoria