|Me in Camel Pose 2009.|
Somehow, by the end of the first yoga class I was actually able to listen. I heard the teacher talk about focusing on your breathing and noticing the sensations in the body. He helped us to be really present and mindful of the experience. At one point or another, my hyperactive self-critical mind stopped controlling my experience. I did something I probably hadn't really done in years...I actually relaxed.
I left that class and felt light, free, and happy. After that class I kept practicing at home and in yoga classes through the rec center several times a week. I discovered that yoga not only helped me feel better in the short term but also with my long-term health goals as well. Chronic low back pain went away, I started eating healthier, my stress levels dropped, and my digestion was stronger.
|Me in a variation of Side-Plank 2013.|
Some days when I practice I only focus on breathing and poses. Others I only do meditation or chanting. Many days I do all of the above, it just depends upon what I need to balance me out that day. Yoga has this incredible way of being customized to whatever your needs are. I practice yoga because I want to be a healthy happy person. I want to help others, and the best way to help others... is to help myself. :-)
Be As You Are.
Keri is an internationally Registered Yoga Teacher, creator of yoga props, and health lifestyle educator. She owns and operates BAYA Wellness, LLC offering yoga classes, handmade props, and healthy lifestyle services. Keri teachers both privately and publicly around the Greenville area offering on-going classes and special events.