When I walked in to my first yoga class a decade ago, my initial impression was that of a perplexed bystander. I wondered what in the world these people were thinking with their bizarre pretzel-binding poses, deep breathing, and OMs. My mind and vision of the world were not connected to this aspect of life just yet. But nonetheless, I gave it another try a couple years later while living abroad and fell in love with the art. There was more to it than my original postulation. My first instructor was 76 years old and much inspiration to not only my practice but my ambition for a healthier, more fulfilling life. I became hooked, allured by the slow and steady progression my practice was flourishing into.
Over the years I’ve practiced many forms of yoga including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Bikram, Jivamukti, and Budokon. With inspiring teachers, I was able to develop myself in a way that isn’t possible through monotonous “gym workouts”. Yoga provides copious benefits that cannot be obtained through other forms of physical exercise. In its simplest form, yoga means to unite – uniting your mind, body, and spirit into one. Training your mind to control your breathing takes much concentration. And in a one-hour yoga class where your focus is on moving your body with your breath, you tend to let go of everything else that is happening in your life. For that one hour you are present, you are connected to your breath, you are listening to what your body is telling you, you are serene. After all, steady breathing equals a steady mind.
It wasn’t until I embarked on the teacher training path in 2010 while living in Miami Beach that my belief of yoga as an art blossomed into a philosophy, a spiritual path towards self-realization. Each day I get to choose my journey, choose who I want to be and how I will get there. Yoga helps me see the good in all situations. Moving from student to teacher has taught me that I am more of a student than ever before. My intention in teaching others is to guide them to their full potential – whether it be physically, mentally, or spiritually.
Every instructor at Gaia Flow Yoga has given me more love and contentment than I could have ever imagined. Join us on the mat to experience for yourself.