My yoga journey began over 20 years ago …….
Who would have thought that a rubber mat could have taken me on such a journey and provided me with insight, knowledge, learning and growth. From the moment I stepped onto my first yoga mat in 1993 I knew I had started a journey to make sense of my life and I have used it ever since for my physical, mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual well being. The hardest thing you will do each day is to get on your mat and be with yourself …. but without this discipline and effort I would never have found the answers to my questions and known that there is a freedom from suffering.
The journey starts with the breath and ends with the breath and everything we do and feel is dependent on the breath. Learning to coordinate movement with breath was the first part of the journey and what distinguishes yoga from almost every other type of physical activity. The breath has become my companion along life’s journey and by practicing the many breathing techniques (panayama) which have been passed down through the ancient tradition of yoga, I have been able to navigate and anchor myself through the often turbulent and choppy seas. Breathing well is essential for well being, harmony and health and it has been my guide when I would have otherwise been lost.
From the moment I observed my teachers, Derek Ireland and Rhada (direct students of Patabi Jois and the Astanga Tradition) I became inspired to practice and gain strength and suppleness in my very tense and tight body. Through mindful and curious exploration of the body through the postures using the breath I have experienced living in the present moment – somewhere I had very rarely visited until I came to yoga. I started to let go and feel again and have understood that concentrating only on the mind or only on the body does not work. It is only when they are integrated and in harmony do we feel whole and are aligned to our true purpose in life.
During my journey I have read many interesting and profound books, met with many wise therapists and sages and traveled far and wide (often with my mat) to hear and learn from people who have searched for and/or are searching for Truth and Enlightenment. These encounters have served as rungs on the ladder and as I continue my journey to the top I am beginning to understand WHY yoga works. Without being conscious of what was happening my yoga practice has been calming my central nervous system and changing my brain which has meant that slowly, slowly I have been able to let go of limiting and rigid thought and behavior patterns which kept me chained to the past and become increasingly aware of my emotions and feelings.
THE JOURNEY CONTINUES…..
Looking back I am so grateful that my journey has led me to this moment. As the Budhist tradition says we cannot avoid suffering. it is part of life. But from that suffering we can gain wisdom, compassion, love and peace. It is my dearest wish that I am able to help support the growth and healing of others through the medium of yoga and mindfulness and I hope that I will serve to be a rung of an other’s ladder and help them take their steps towards freedom and peace.
“Your life is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path …. exactly where you are meant to be right now …. and from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love” – by Caroline Adams