I have been told a few times now that ‘yoga finds you,’ at the start of my journey I would never have imagined the influence yoga would play in my life at the time yoga found me, however, now two years into my practice I completely ‘get it’ – yoga really does change your life.
Let me take you back to the first time I tried yoga ~ at the age of 23 I walked into yoga class, I was apprehensive, as I imagine most people are when trying something new, especially when everyone in that room appears to know what they are doing! I took a seat on a yoga mat and for the next 20 minutes practised, what I now know is, alternate nostril breath. At the time, I had no idea what I was doing and why I was doing it, I walked out of the class vowing never to ‘practice’ yoga again, jumped back on the trusty treadmill and pounded out the miles. Fast forward 13 years, yoga stepped into my life again, this time I believe yoga found me.
In 2015 I was recruiting for a position in the company I work for, a CV was sent to me from the recruitment agency, at the time I thought I have no idea why this candidate had been put forward, the CV was intriguing, full of yoga, teaching and travel but no direct experience for the position we were looking to fill. However, I still interviewed the candidate, offered her the job and she accepted. I started working with Helen on 23rd February 2015, my father sadly passed away after a long battle with various illnesses on the 24th March 2015 – my world was blown apart. I have a strong belief that there is no such thing as a coincidence, Helen was brought into my life at this time to bring me yoga, to teach me how to cope with the grief, to live life to the full and to live life for the now. I can honestly say, without yoga and my Earth Angel Helen, I am not sure how I would have got through this chapter of my life.
Naively, I initially thought that yoga was all about the poses, being able to do a headstand or balance on one arm, the first thing I learnt it was just as much if not more about the breath. I see now it is so much more than both of these things, it is a way of life, something that touches your mind, body and soul! I wanted to share my story as I think that there is a misconception that yoga is all about what happens on the mat, all about the poses and helping physical problems. It does, absolutely, make the body stronger and more flexible but yoga also has incredible benefits to mental wellbeing, to me, it is just as much as what happens off the mat.
I am about to embark on my 200hrs teacher training and cannot wait to share that pleasure that yoga gives me with others – it is never too late to find your true self!