Yoga and Me

This summer, I have been accepted to Yoga Works' Fall 200HR Yoga Teacher Training Program. 

Looking back at my past summers and where I am now, I can definitely say the summer of 2009 was the toughest. 

My father was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and both of his lungs failed the day after I graduated from high school. He was in an induced coma for months. 

Not only that, I was rejected for my usual summer job. My first love broke up with me, and a new chapter of undergraduate school was on the horizon. 

I felt hopeless that time of the year. Then came yoga. 

Starting off in my living room with on-demand yoga practices, I slowly began to practice every single day to distract me. Then I expanded to YouTube, but always kept it home to myself.

I cleared my mind and meditated on what was going right. At least I had a roof over my head, at least my father was getting better each day, at least I knew I could find another person, at least I knew what school and dorm I was going to. 

The positivity and strength I felt from yoga was empowering. Then I stopped practicing so much and did so off-and-on for a few years. 

Two years ago, I underwent growing pains from graduating undergrad and struggled with stress. I came back to yoga and it welcomed me with open arms. I began practicing in studios and at my gym, Equinox. 

This year, I am the happiest I have ever been and fully embrace yoga. I embrace it enough to aspire to share it with others. 

YogaWorks accepted me last week and I must say, I feel it is at such a perfect time. I am feeling my strongest physically and mentally, and I am so ready for the next steps. 

I did not intend on this post being so personal, but I wanted to give y'all a glimpse as to why I am going to be a Yoga Teacher in Training starting September. 

For me, yoga is a way to meditate on all that is going right and all that is going to come. For me, yoga is a way to uplift and encourage me to do more and be more. Each pose, each flow, and each breath is a triumph. 

Anyone else practice yoga and it has a personal meaning for them? 

-ST