03 Nov How Yoga Changed My Life
After three years of working towards it I have officially completed my continuing education advanced yoga training and am now a 500hour Registered Yoga Teacher!
I started this journey back in 2013 after completing my basic RYT 200 training and it feels completely surreal that this chapter of my journey has come to completion.
Yoga literally saved my life, yoga is the reason I am where I am today. In 2010 I turned 19, my parents divorced, I split from my high school sweetheart, was in the thick of rigorous college classes and had just been diagnosed with GAD, OCD, and Insomnia. My world had been turned upside down, massive amounts of static made it hard to live day today, and I felt as if things were only going to get worse.
Then I found yoga.
Suddenly I could breathe again, I wanted to get up in the morning and life seemed vibrant and peaceful again. The exhausted state of living I had been residing in shifted to one of energy, motivation, and joy. That high buzz of anxiety became a low hum. I found relief from all the anger and grief I had been feeling.
I was raised Catholic and had always felt a strong connection to God and Angels but felt like something was missing. Yoga introduced me to a world that filled a void in my life and I started to feel whole again. I found spirituality, energetics, and a world that explained how every living thing has a voice. Suddenly trees were talking to me, my body was more than just flesh and bones, and my spirit came alive.
Slowly I weaned myself completely off of my antidepressants and sleeping pills and found the power within myself to take control of my life. I found magic in my thoughts, words and actions.
Yoga empowered me and reminded me of the strong brilliant woman I am.
My senior year of college at the University of South Carolina rolled around and it was time to start planning which corporate PR firm or event planning business held my future. I found myself stuck and “foolishly” didn’t sign up for a single interview. When consulting my mother for advice she asked, “What do you love doing? What are you passionate about?”, up until that day I had only speculated however at that moment I knew…. yoga. Much to my dismay, she encouraged me to pursue yoga, so upon graduating from college I ditched my Public Relations degree and sought out to become a yoga teacher.
My journey through yoga literally changed my life. Without yoga I never would have ditched a career I truly did not enjoy, I would not have discovered my life’s purpose of being an intuitive and spiritual mentor, and I would not have gone to Colorado.
Why is Colorado important you may ask?
I finished my teacher training in 2013 and immediately upon graduating went to CO to teach a yoga workshop at the Arise Music Festival in Loveland. Between important people that I met and the subtle yet powerful magic of the CO Mountains, my intuition was ignited. All of a sudden my dreams were vividly talking to me, I saw green light traveling out of my heart and hands to heal others, and my psychic awareness was keen. This specific trip awakened an innate intuitive power that had been inside of me trying to break free for so long.
Yoga was the gateway to this world and to that power.
Yoga is often misconstrued as a workout, or a way to become “bendy”, but it is and always has been a spiritual journey to rediscovering yourself, to uncovering a part of yourself that has been hidden.
Yoga Girl, aka Rachel Brathen, put it so beautifully when she said “The yoga pose is not the goal. Becoming flexible is not the goal. Standing on your hands is not the goal. The goal is to create a space where you were once stuck. To unveil the layers of protection you’ve built around your heart. To appreciate your body and become aware of the mind and the noise it creates. To make peace with who you are. The goal is to love, well…you! Come to your yoga mat to feel, not to accomplish. Shift your focus and your heart will grow”
Yoga is a tool to unite your body, mind, and soul so that you can find liberation. Yoga opens your eyes to what is behind the curtain, it lifts the veil so that you can begin to live in harmony with your life. I am so grateful that yoga found me, I am so grateful for this journey that never ends.
I would like to leave you with the words I use to complete yoga class, I learned this phrase from my first yoga teacher Leslie Arboleda; “We all see from love, and are seen by love. We all speak from love, and are spoken to by love. We all love from love and are loved by love. Namaste”