Welcome to Mindful Journey. I would love to tell you that I have been practicing yoga since I was young, but that is not what happened. It was later in life when I truly discovered the benefits of yoga. When I hear about a young yoga teacher and their growth, it's exciting. I'm happy when someone finds the benefits at such a young age and embraces it. On that note, I'll give you a little insight to my yoga journey. I almost said insight to my mind, but that would really be a scary trip. :)
"If you feel like you're too old to do yoga, guess again! I'm here to tell you that yoga is for everyone. I didn't start it until later in my life, and I'm continually learning and growing."
I love being a mom! When my children were young, my focus revolved around them. I had not thought much about my own health and fitness until they were adults. I tried going to the gym and I did buy a yoga video once. Even though my oldest son tried to teach me how to use the equipment, I was just too intimidated by the gym atmosphere. The yoga video also became a dust collector.
It wasn't until we moved to Florida that I started focusing on myself. I wasn't working initially when we moved, and I started walking a lot (I can only clean the house so much). I then found a small gym and gathered my courage to sign up with a fitness trainer. The trainer prompted me to also take some of the yoga classes that were available, and I soon became hooked...
"I was clueless and felt like I was way over my head."
When I heard about the 200 yoga certification, I figured it would be a great way to ensure I was doing the poses correctly and maybe learn more along the way. I was clueless and felt like I was way over my head. I didn't want to teach yoga and being in a room where the others had much more experience than me was overwhelming. I was always comparing myself to others. Please don't do that! Then I heard about a yoga studio that was having a workshop on anatomy. I went to that workshop and was so impressed with the studio and its teachers, that I signed up for their 300 certification. Yep, definitely hooked. I also started teaching right about the time I found this amazing studio. Surprised? Me too!
If you feel like you're too old to do yoga, guess again! I'm here to tell you that yoga is for everyone. I didn't start it until later in my life, and I'm continually learning and growing. We are all unique and as a good friend says "wonderfully made". Focus on yourself, being mindful of your breath and awareness of what sensations you feel and where. Yoga is non-harming so it's important to listen to your body and not worry about anyone else. With consistent practice, you will see change. Remember just be yourself! Me? I'm quiet, reserved, and a little quirky. I'm just me.