During the days as a young busy wife and Mom, schlepping our daughters to the YMCA for swimming lessons/ Swim team/ Lifeguard training and to Vitality Fitness Center for Karate Lessons, I found myself getting involved in organized-choreographed fitness.
My first certification was Thomas the Promise, teaching choreographed kickboxing classes, which lead to FiTour and IFTA certifications, as a fitness instructor. Also becoming a YMCA certified fitness instructor, I explored aqua size and other types of fitness. Self delving into integrating different styles into different ways. As Bruce Lee always identified his style as “No Way is the Way”, it made an impression on me and I continued to be creative in my training, teaching and personal workouts.
As I began to advance in my life of changes and gaining personal wisdom, I discovered Yoga.
Yoga took a while to grow on me. I got certified through FiTour, became a student teacher of a BKS Iyengar certified instructor at Instant Karma Yoga Studio while also teaching Yoga at Premier Fitness. Years passed and I enrolled in a RYT200 hour Yoga program at the Blue Lotus Yoga studio/school.
Yoga had always been a way for me to grow deeper within. Yoga brought me through many changes in my life, some deep with sorrow and others filled with joy. I would carry my Yoga mat to hospitals, ICU’s and physical rehab centers while my late husband was pushing through a tough time in his life before he passed away. There seemed to be something safe about being on my Yoga mat, sacred with no judgment. A place that I could go. Alone and yet, still be in plain site and not be seen as “weird” or “strange”, if anything, it encouraged and inspired others. There were times, that I would go to my mat and just sit, cry or I just need one pose to rest in, or a strong pose that I needed to move deeply through.
Yoga started taking me in a direction of healing, as a thirst for teaching Yoga in a therapeutic type of fashion. Different poses gave different types of energy, strength, personal self awareness and personal self esteem. Yoga brought things out from my blood and bones, to the surface of the skin where I could learn to love myself with a compassion that I had never experienced before.
Moving forward in my 50’s after experiencing losses, learning about commitments, evolving in my job and friendships, evolving myself and respecting the times that I just needed to be quiet and alone. Yoga had woven its loving threads through all parts of me.
As a grassroots Yoga instructor, I pride myself actually, in taking my personal experiences with Yoga and its healing and presenting it to others. Finding that certain poses “asanas” can and do open, expand and quiet the process. Yoga can take me to the edge where I need to be to see what is really going on? Yoga can take me into a hibernation where I may need to introspect.
How could I bring Yoga into my personal conversations, with in my mind, body and spirit. How can I teach others about this concept. What poses might help to eliminate fear? Increase bravery, give a foundation of thought before speaking, forgiveness, compassion, personal healthy boundaries, understanding others.
Virubhadrasana 1 – Warrior 1 , could be one of healthy strong, personal space and reaching to the divine for that strength with a solid footing. The chest is lifted and open to learn, quiet the ribs, heart and breath while listening while at the same time maintaining that personal strength that displays a strong self esteem. The constant reaching to the divine gives humility and love a flow into the hands as to say ” I open myself to the universe with an intension of love to assist me on my path”.
Balasana – Childs Pose, which is a vulnerable position of complete release, belly/chest down, arms and hands reaching forward , fingers wide, palms down and letting go. Knees bent under and open for the belly to release. This pose would be done in a situation of pure trust of another. It may also be used in a pure innocence of letting go of something. It is a bowing to oneself.
Vrksasana – Tree Pose- Balance, reaching to the divine, supporting ones self with oneself. An amazing thought and reality!
As I explore this concept with love, intension and respect, I am excited about its results as I continue on my path of knowledge, wisdom and happiness. Sure, I will stumble and fall out of some poses, certain poses I am reluctant to embrace as I engage with them softly and slowly. Like life, it is not a game, it is a precious endeavor, with no regrets, breathing in each day.