Most of you know by now but I am a tad obsessed with Yoga. My dream of becoming a Yoga Instructor is finally a reality as I’ve recently started my journey with a 200-hr , 9 month Deep Yoga Study.  One of our homework assignments our Instructor asked us was to write about what Yoga means to us. Yoga has changed my life in so many ways, I wanted to share with you all my short ode to yoga and its beauty, and the wonder it’s done and continually does to my mind, body, and spirit:

Yoga is more than a series of certain movements; yoga is a way of life.

A way of life emphasizing what is important; humility, grace, kindness, breathe, honoring your body, hope, change, stillness; through a series/flow of movements. These movements that some may seem so simple, are the vessels that carry this belief system through every inch of the body.

Yoga keeps you grounded through the hard times, rejoices with you in the good times, and heals you in the sad times.. It is your place of sanctuary, a feeling you belong. A time of stillness when you need a calmer environment or a place of energy when you need to be uplifted.

While I have seen a few therapists in my life, Yoga is the best counselor I have ever been to. While it provides all these spiritual benefits, you are also strengthening your body. Yoga makes your body look how it makes your brain feel.

Need a good, addicting antidote to live in this crazy world? Yoga is your cure!

Yoga gives me clarity. It allows me to stop and live, breath by breath. It gives me control when I feel I have none, which happens quite often. It gives me love from the most important person: myself and it teaches me to grab ahold of a higher power.

Yoga is like a drug that has no crazy side effects. It is the thing I can’t wait to share with friends, families and strangers. There are so many therapeutic benefits to make you feel amazing even after that final Namaste has been spoken.

It is the only way to give back to something that gives so much.

In today’s society, everyone is always looking for that quick fix to feel and look good. It seems that the more popular Yoga becomes, the more of a trend some see it as. I definitely will admit when I was first introduced to it’s practice, I immediately wanted to be able to do those crazy twists, become that flexible or actually do a handstand. The actual practice of Yoga is so much more than that. To me, I see so many trying to practice yoga to just do it for fun but there is so much more to it than just standing looking like a tree.

What I love about Yoga, is I will always be learning from it. It is always going to strengthen me, test me and open up my mind, body and soul. It for sure scares the crap out of me because I know there is a lot of emotions and feelings I need to bring up but looking at the results that I’ve already seen from the small amounts I’ve dealt with already, is worth it.

This is my art, my confidence , my love and passion of mine that I’m so excited to be a part of. I love to share with others or just keep increasing my knowledge of it.

So let me ask, what does Yoga mean to you?