When I started Yoga, I was what most of us know as type-A, or high-strung. I push myself constantly, was overwhelmed with worry, and found myself easily irritated.
I had very high expectations of myself and others. I would try my best to control every outcome, and because of that, I found myself stressed 90% of the day, overscheduled, reactive, and impatient. I was trying to convince myself that the more I controlled the outcome of my life and others, the better the result would be. I was exhausted physically and mentally.
In 2000 my friend suggested we join the YMCA. I was trying to lose weight, learn healthier habits, and reduce stress. I was walking on a treadmill and noticed these people with rubber mats heading into a room with soft lighting and relaxing music. I asked my friend, "What is that?", she said Yoga; we should try it. I went home and researched Yoga. It sounded like what I needed.
We attended our first yoga class, and I liked it... but I did not love it.
Maybe you expected me to say Yoga was love at the first practice, but it was not for me. My mind was all over the place, and I was uncomfortable.
So I decided Yoga wasn't for me.
A few years later, after ending a relationship that involved mental and physical abuse, my hairstylist suggested a power yoga class. I showed up with much hesitation; to my surprise, I liked the physical challenge and the motivation.
I began practicing 5 - 6 days a week. I slowly noticed that I felt much more relaxed, less anxious, and more focused. My friends and family started to comment on the changes in my body and how "chilled" I was. I was hooked. Yoga has been a part of my life in many forms for over 20 years.
If you are not one of the millions of people who practice Yoga, you may be one of the very few who have not experienced numerous benefits. Here are a few benefits.
I felt the calling to teach yoga in 2005. Accepting Christ into my life in 2015 and feeling the presence of God within led me to teach Christian Yoga. Christ is the foundation and focus of my teaching.
Scripture says, whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).
I believe yoga is a gift from God, and when we take care of ourselves, we are honoring and glorifying Him.