RYT-200, 20-HR AERIAL INSTRUCTOR
I first encountered yoga as part of a group exercise class about 10 years ago, and then again a few years later when my bellydancing troupe included yoga in our practices to increase strength and flexibility. Still, it wasn’t until a few years after that when I discovered that yoga could reduce my anxiety symptoms that I was hooked. I was always into hard exercise—I wasn’t satisfied that I had actually “done something” unless I was too sore to walk the next day. What I didn’t realize was that I may have been increasing the stress on my body instead of relieving it.
My first yoga certification came through YogaFit in 2014, and in 2016 I completed a 230-HR Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training. I’m currently enrolled in a 300-HR Advanced Yoga Teacher Training with Space Yoga Institute of Health and Wellness. I’m loving every minute of it. My wellness journey began with yoga but I’m constantly finding new areas of interest and broadening my passion. I became a Holistic Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2016 and I’m always looking for opportunities to grow in the knowledge of our amazing bodies and minds. I also earned my Aerial Yoga certificate because the first time I tried Aerial yoga, it scared me to death. Knowing that if I didn’t keep at it the fear would win, I became an Aerial teacher and I love it!
The pose that taught me surrender is pigeon. There was a moment early in my first teacher training when we were holding pigeon for what seemed like forever. I was feeling cramped and starting to panic. There was a voice in my head telling me to breathe and observe what I was feeling instead of attaching an emotion to it. In that pose I learned that I can breathe through uncomfortable situations, that they don’t last forever, and that surrender is not the same as giving up.
My own practice is where I work on breaking down the barriers that fear and anxiety have built up along the way, and learning to surrender to bigger and scarier things. Through yoga, I’m learning to surrender to God’s will instead of relying on my own power, and I feel a peace in my life that I never had before. I’m learning that even if things aren’t going the way I think they should, that doesn’t mean I’m doing something wrong. I remember to breathe through the uncomfortable situations because I know they won’t last forever.
Where do you need to surrender?