It all came to a head in 2013. I was miserable, overweight, out of shape, depressed, angry, sad, body hurt, mind hurt, I WAS A MESS ok and I know I needed help ASAP. One of my co workers mentioned Hot Yoga; I had never liked the gym or any kind of physical activity to be honest but the words Hot and Yoga sounded insane and interesting. So that night I went home, researched and it was love and hate at first practice.
My first class was a two hour long seminar with a visiting 5X Hatha Yoga Champion named Ida Ripley, who would also become my Yoga Teacher Trainer 7 years later :). I was amazed, I was hot, I was hooked. I left class feeling a sense of… calm, an emotion that I was unfamiliar with but needed more of. I have discovered so many beautiful things about life and about myself that were made possible through my practice. If you can learn to remain calm while twisting and bending your body in 105 degrees with 40 percent humidity for 90 minutes, then you can remain calm in any situation.
Yoga is many things to many people and to me it is my sanctuary, my doctor, my prescription; a ninety-minute therapy session where the mirror is my therapist, and its reflection my accountability partner.
I am honored to be a part of a wonderful practice that teaches of self-realization, determination and has the power to heal.