“It is understood that the beauty of a rainbow does not negate the ravages of any storm. When a rainbow appears, it does not mean that the storm never happened or that we are not still dealing with it’s aftermath. It means that something beautiful and full of light has appeared in the midst of the darkness and the clouds. Storm clouds may still hover, but the rainbow provides a counterbalance of color, energy, and hope.”
Three years ago, my yoga journey began. I entered a small yoga studio with a mission to touch the parts of my soul in need of healing and growth. I struggled with pervasive negative self talk and body image insecurity. Starting yoga as a journey to inner transformation was a personal commitment to cultivate a deep sense of compassion for my body, mind, and soul. I have found true transformation, relief, and recovery to be a result of insane courage, faith, unconditional love, self acceptance, and action.
At this time the Universe conveniently placed several strong, powerful, kind, spiritual women in my life. The common thread connecting these women whom I deeply admired was a shared practice of yoga. When in doubt, indecision or insecurity, I have learned to walk in the footsteps of the women who came before me. Through this action I gain a better sense of clarity, serenity, and faith. With a deep breath and a bit of practice, I can begin to feel a shift stir within myself.
Three years ago, I rolled out my mat and took the first step on a journey of inner healing. Scrunching my toes against the squishy texture of my mat, I woke up to the thoughts present my psyche. “You can’t fold like that. You’re not flexible enough for this. Look at that woman, she is way better at this than you. You should walk out now.” In that moment I realized how hard yoga was, purely from the awareness that it brought to the thoughts present within me. I knew then yoga would become crucial part of my spiritual growth. Yoga is now one of many keys to unlocking further spiritual, emotional, and physical transformation.
I have since held a regular asana practice. I give back to my body, mind, and soul, with regular practice and devotion on my yoga mat. I have cried, many times (even in class) on my mat. I have opened my heart to walking through physical pain and experienced spiritual awakenings. Following my passion for learning and a keen interest in the practice of yoga, I walked through yet more fear (yay fear!) by attaining a 200 hr yoga teacher certification. I am a perpetual newbie, a young learner of this deep, beautiful practice and forever grateful for the transformation yoga has birthed in my life.
To all those interested in starting a yoga practice, I dare you. I dare you to try!
Step outside the limitations of your mind.
Awaken to a new sense of purpose, of direction, and faith in the Universe.
Roll out your mat and fully embrace all parts of you today, here, now.
See you on the mat!