I started practicing in the 9th grade from a "beginner's tape" (VHS, woah) that I thought was so difficult, that I got really frustrated at first. But despite my frustrations, I kept practicing and the tape eventually got easier. Once I got to college, I took Yoga classes twice a week for basically the duration of my college years. Once I graduated I realized how awesome it would be to train to be a Yoga teacher! I signed up for the month-long intensive YogaWorks 200-hour Teacher Training Program in the Pacific Palisades and not only did I learn to teach but my eyes were opened wide. Literally. Practicing every day, first thing in the morning, for a month, made my eyes feel more open, I could see more clearly, think more clearly, and I realized what I gift this practice really is. I completed the program and received my certification.
The more I practice, the more I realize what a special thing it is to be able to go inside yourself, to take that time on the mat to become curious about your body's needs, to honor and accept where your body is with joy. Yoga is an opportunity to come into communion with our inner bliss which is always accessible to us but that gets clouded with mind chatter, and judgements that get us through our day to day lives. Through Yoga we can begin to go inside, clear the mind chatter, deepen the space between thoughts, and be better to ourselves, in order to be better towards others in life.