Atha yoga anushasanam
"Now, the exposition of Yoga is being made."
(Pantanjali's Yoga Sutra 1.1)
It took me 10 years to find my center.
Just before graduation day, I remember sitting in my university class and the professor looking very worried for "Generation Y." We were preparing to enter the workforce proceeding one of the largest economic crisis of our time - the stock market crash of 2008. We were millennials with more Facebook connections than most and highly educated. However, to earn a position in the field we spent four years obtaining a degree toward, was far and few between. How did we cope with this reality vs. fantasy through our high hopes and aspirations?
Personally, I managed to keep my head up by breaking off a long-term relationship and relocating to a different kind of metropolis - hello New York City! This chapter of my life will always be noted as rebellious. I wanted to make it as an actress on Broadway, but lacked the discipline and grounding it takes to surpass hundreds of other professional dancers, singers and actors. Not to mention, I simultaneously was mending childhood wounds I know everyone endures - No one got everything they needed when they were young. Ultimately, after several years of gaining more awareness of myself by meeting people from all over the world and working as a reporter/blogger, I made better choices while working towards becoming more centered.
Two and a half years later, I was back in my car in Los Angeles. West Hollywood was new territory for my homecoming. I was still dreaming of starring on television, or heading up my own production company, but I was struggling sans a job with benefits and my own place to live and thrive the way I knew I could. Young and stubborn and still not entirely able to place both my feet firmly on the ground, I began to self-medicate using a mild dose of drugs and alcohol. This is when I found my first Wellness Coach who worked mainly with actors and people in the entertainment industry.
It took me a fair amount of time navigating all the possible ways to earn flexible income before I discovered my Truth. Disillusioned by my fantasy of being on camera during a really ill-fitting time to be a young, single and ambitious woman (Harvey Weinstein - Times Up!) a time-out from pursuing the city of industry was required before I resurrected myself, my grounding and ultimately my health.
It took a period of transitioning from my fantastical actor/model jobs which sometimes put me up in heels standing in nightclubs serving toxic beverages, which I felt lacked integrity. However, within a few months I paved a way for my income to be sourced thru marketing in the Health & Fitness industry and I was feeling much better about, well, everything! The closer I came to becoming grounded the more sensitive I was to my surroundings, and the best part? The better Yoga practitioner I became.
My first Yoga class coincidentally took place the day after I graduated from high school. Thanks to my Father I was also an avid athlete as a teenager. I played defense on the water polo team, surfed El Porto in the summer and also skipped to the mountains to snowboard in the winter. Luckily, I've always been health conscious as part of my hobbies and interests. At one point in my employment crisis post 2008, I even considered studying to become a nutritionist. However, I am very grateful and humbled to have been given by a divine source the path of a Yoga.
Everywhere I've traveled in the world, Yoga has been there for me. Through aligning, sustaining and elongating the skeletal and muscular systems I've been able to unite (or to 'yoke' which is the definition of Yoga) my Darkness to my Light. Like every human being has their story, it is what we make of it all in our progression of the Human Condition - such a beautiful evolution we have been given, let's embrace it.
After stretching the body and calming the mind, next comes what I like to call "epic" meditation - our goal. Do you struggle with meditation? Perhaps you've tried it but can't seem to stay focused for very long. This is a common obstacle in today's world as anxiety and stress occupies our well-being frequently. As the Yogaworks tagline states, "Yoga works for every body." Through my 10 years of practicing various types of Yoga studio to studio, east coat to west coast, I've landed my feet firmly on the ground in the mecca of Yoga in the western world today,
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