My yoga journey started in 2017 at Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville in Virginia. What started as a weekend retreat to escape the stressors of life, turned into a journey that has forever changed me...and continues to each day. I had no previous experience with yoga before going to Yogaville.
The retreat turned out to be nothing I thought it was going to be, but it was everything I needed. I learned about the Self and the little voice in our heads...you know, the one that has an opinion about everything and seems to never shut up. I also learned that asana practice was actually a very small part of yoga, however still very important.
I started my yoga practice backwards. I started with the mind; most people start with the poses (asanas). This journey into the mind is what began my journey of Self-discovery. It was intriguing to learn how the mind works, as well as the science behind yoga and meditation.
Yoga has given me the tools to handle the ups and downs of life. I am forever grateful to be on this journey because that's what it's about...the journey, not the destination.
Practicing yoga only a couple times a week can increase muscle strength, flexibility and balance, improve your range of motion, boost your endurance, increase your metabolism and give your heart, lungs and blood vessels a tune up.
Mindfulness developed through yoga goes beyond the mat. It helps combat stress, improves concentration and focus, and gives you a better overall sense of well-being.
Focusing on the breath during yoga and meditation helps deepen the mind/body connection. Becoming aware of how your body feels during yoga, helps you to respect your body and improves individual body image.