What Brought Me to the Yoga Mat?
As I sat down to write this post, I has so many thoughts going through my head as to “What Brought Me To The Yoga Mat?” It is a pretty broad question that is almost as hard to answer as the other yoga questions: “Why Do You Practice Yoga?” Yoga is one of those things that came into my life at a time when I desperately needed some guidance, strength, and help. I started practicing for the obvious reasons: health, strength, flexibility, and to help me perform better as an athlete. But, the “real” and deeper reason I came to the mat was for some serious “soul searching”.
The first time I stepped onto a yoga mat was 7 years ago, when I used to live in Denver, CO. A friend recommended that I visit Om Time Yoga, which is run by the fabulous and beautiful Shannon Paige. At this point in my life, I was in a very unhealthy relationship and was too afraid to share these feelings with friends and family. I felt alone, confused, and needed a place that would offer comfort, support, and guidance. I remember walking into the studio not knowing a single soul and having no idea what I was doing or getting into. But as soon as I stepped onto the mat, I knew that I had arrived and this is where I needed to be. It was the perfect match. I felt strong, safe, and grounded.
I started practicing 3 times a week. I signed up for the intense teacher training. I was becoming stronger physically and emotionally. I was facing my fears. I was learning about ME. I was being challenged on the mat, but also by the words of the teacher. I was growing in ways I never thought possible. There were good days on the mat and there were also a lot of bad days. Yes there were multiple times and still times when I will cry during savasanah. The mat had become a safe place for me. A place for me to discover ME!
Before the finish of my teacher training, I walked away from that horrible relationship and started a FRESH start. I was able to step off the mat and show my strength outside of yoga. I started my own personal training business, a blog, and I am continually working on building my brand not only now in Houston, TX, but also around the world.
As I look back, it is pretty amazing to see how far I have come as a person since stepping onto that yoga mat. It makes me smile, because I made that choice. It was hard, scary, and frustrating, but it was worth every single tear, doubt, and mental chatter that told me to give up. So now that I have answered this question, “What Brought YOU To The Yoga Mat?”
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