As cliché as it may sound, for me yoga truly is about the mind/body connection. When I roll out my mat, it is my safe space to be totally honest with myself; to acknowledge all of me—the good, the bad, the eccentric, and the totally screwed up. My yoga practice has helped (more like forced) me to get real with myself. As scary and frustrating as that has been sometimes, I wouldn’t change it for anything. When I step onto my mat, I somehow feel empowered to face my own truths, to challenge and change my ‘flaws’, and to look my fears and insecurities in the eye. When I step off my mat, I take with me a sense of calm, peace, and self-love. It’s not that I no longer have flaws and walk thru life perfectly balanced and confident; it’s more that I don’t approach my flaws from a mind of judgement and criticism. Those flaws become opportunities to challenge myself and to grow.
And that is why I teach yoga. Not because I am ‘more enlightened’, but because I believe yoga can be a path or journey to empower individuals physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I work to provide a class that is a safe, judgement free space for you to get real with yourself, to challenge yourself, and to figure out what YOU need/want to be fully alive in your own life. In class my goal is to lovingly and kindly take you out of your comfort zone so you feel challenged because challenges are what change us and provide opportunity for growth.