The first time I attended a yoga class I was filled with excitement and nerves; being worried I wouldn’t be flexible enough combined with inexperience had me wondering what to expect.
As I met the teacher and rolled out my mat I was soon surrounded by other people of all ages and sizes. We started class and my nervous state quickly dissipated. I heard cues from the teacher such as “move at your own pace” and “listen to your body”; this made me feel connected to myself and less concerned about the people around me.
As class ended and we sat through a short mediation on gratitude I was hooked. My mind was calmer, body stretched, and I couldn’t wait to learn more. My yoga practice turned into years of teacher training; long hours of studying philosophy, anatomy, and pranayama. Within yoga I found there was so much more than the physical practice. I love what I do and I’m still learning more each day through teaching my students.