Q: How has yoga positively changed your life? I was recently asked.
A: Yoga, in earnest, can strip you of your masks and expose you to yourself. Which of course is great, and scary. Not exactly what I would sign up for if I had read the brochure. I've learned the deeper the work the more likely the changes you initiate will take hold.
I began yoga about 10 years ago after the birth of my fourth child. My uterus was collapsing as all the babies I carried were large and surgery was recommended. Seeking alternatives to surgery it was suggested I try yoga. I attended my first class at our local recreation center, mainly because they had childcare. The teacher was, unknown to me, a senior student/teacher of Richard Freeman (of course, I do live in Boulder CO after all). After about 4-5 years of attending her class at the rec center she convinced me to attend the Yoga Workshop studio, Richard Freeman's studio, her home studio. It was quite intimidating at first and it took a bit to convince me to attend a real "yoga studio". In my mind I was just a mom trying to get in shape and keep my body whole. I loved those first years of yoga, and I am still friends with many who attended these classes regularly. This happens I noticed in yoga, you don't just attend a class, you become friends with it. Somewhere around here is where my physical desire for yoga healing transformed deeper into my spiritual/emotional healing with yoga. My uterus was no longer an issue, my health was now optimal but my soul was still a bit unawakened and unobserved.
After many more years of practice and an intensive teacher training track for my 500 hour certification, my soul has begun to awaken. I now teach yoga twice a week and every class I teach lifts me. My physical body is quite possibly the best it has been my entire life. My relationships have thrived and deepened. My emotional health and spirituality feel so right and inspire me each day as a result of my work with yoga. The key here is to always keep returning to your reflection. What are you seeing in yourself. What is being exposed. Keep showing up and shedding yourself on the mat. Let the tears flow. I love that my mat has been soaked in my sweat and tears.
Much love to those who ask the questions, the curious ones. You are on your way...