I began practicing yoga as a child, taught first by my mother in the early 1970s. It was a time of idealism, activism and hope in Southern California wher I was born. My family eventually relocated to New Orleans, where I grew up, and yoga practice receded into the business of work, school, family and other daily responsibilities. As an adult, and as a mother, in my early 20s I found yoga again. Actually, I never really left it, but my practice became more intentional when I became a mother. I turned to it whenever I felt tired, stressed or inspired. When life again became busy, yoga moved into the background again. Then, in my 30s I had an opportunity to study with my first real teacher, quite by chance. This time I was profoundly moved and with my teacher’s encouragement I found a way to take a powerful immersion training, become certified and began to teach. That was in 2004, and the practice has been my anchor and guide ever since.
Yoga is not a religion. It doesn’t require you to give anything up or do anything you don’t want to do. It is a system of guidance and support that can inform every area of your life that you choose it to. As a practice, it is just that, practice. What you do with it is up to you and unique to you. What you gain can be immeasurable.
There are as many ways to approach yoga as there are people. My personal practice includes many styles. Some days I need to move vigorously, doing sun salutations and long holds to release tension or fatigue. Other days I need to breathe evenly, stretch and hold poses at length and exhale stress and anxiety. Other days I just need to lie down on the floor and feel supported by the earth beneath me. Some practice is more athletic, some more meditative. All are yoga and each is beneficial. That is the beauty of yoga.
As a healing yoga and movement teacher I love to learn about my students interests and movement history. I learn so much be teaching and sharing yoga and never cease to be inspired. As a student of the practice, you are able to reconnect with a body that loves to move, breathe and support your interests and activities. Remember running, laughing or even just rolling around on the ground as a child? That was healing, life supporting movement and it was so good for you. Movement is what forms and supports every function in the body. A yoga practice just for you can help you reconnect with that joy and ease. The added benefit, and what makes yoga yoga, is that you also learn to take your practice off the mat and into the rest of your life. What happens on the mat is practice for the “real thing” that happens off the mat. It’s not like Las Vegas at all! What happens on the mat never stay on the mat. Yoga gives you the tools you need to face every situation with greater ease, balance and strength.
Namaste (The sacred in me honors the sacred in you.),