My Yoga Journey – How It All began And Where It Has Led Me
My yoga journey started more than 10 years ago, after the birth of my daughter in 2005. I had always been more partial towards high intensity workouts like running and aerobics. However, the stress of being a late mother in life made it difficult for me to endure the strain and pressure from the pounding effects of the running and aerobics classes and I struggled to maintain the same level of fitness as before. Even despite swimming more regularly and engaging in brisk walks,
I could not find the satisfaction I needed from a good workout nor succeed in shedding my post pregnancy weight.
It wasn’t until a friend introduced me to yoga that my whole perspective of yoga changed. Although yoga has been around for eons, I had always perceived it as an activity more associated with “older people” and one that lacked the cardio impact necessary for weight loss. However, I could not have been more wrong in my judgement as I remembered vividly how, after attending my first hatha yoga session, I was left breathless after a few rounds of sun salutations and how my muscles ached for days after executing the various asanas. It convinced me that yoga not only required strength, but also flexibility, breathing techniques as well as a focused mind during the practice and so despite being enervated after my first yoga experience, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of rejuvenation after! I continued going to classes, exploring the different types of yoga and soon,
I began to learn how to use all the elements of yoga practice and it wasn’t long before I started reaping the benefits of yoga. I became more flexible and stronger, not just in my body but also in my mind and I became leaner than I was before childbirth. Friends even complimented me on my new image and calm demeanor.
My love affair with yoga elevated to new heights, with me practicing up to 5 times weekly. Yet, the idea of being a yoga instructor never quite dawned on me especially with a young child and a husband who travelled a lot for work. Being a stay-home mom also meant I could not commit the time towards an instructor course or be out teaching after I became certified.
In 2010, a personal crisis crippled my life and shattered my hopes and dreams into smithereens. I was forced to make decisions and lifestyle changes which meant everything else of lesser importance needed to be shelved away, including yoga. It was only after a difficult year of consolidation and healing that I found the impetus to slowly return to yoga to help bring that calmness back into my mind and provide me with a sanctity of peace and bliss. Gradually, my love for yoga rekindled and I started practicing regularly again. It wasn’t long before I returned to the proficient, confident and bendy “yogi” that I used to be. I became so enamored with yoga that I finally sealed my passion by becoming a certified Yoga Instructor in 2017.
Through my yoga learning journey, I discovered an amazing world:
- A world where my body slowly healed from all the pains that I have harbored
- A world where my body became physically stronger
- A world where my body developed flexibility beyond my credibility
- A world where emotionally I not only suffered less but am able to detach from negative emotions and gain more freedom.
- A world that had the tools to heal any wounds, be it physical, mental or emotional
It even reached a point where I started to become more aware of myself and the world around me:
- I started to take better care of myself
- I started to honor my own feelings
- I started to erect and respect my own or others’ healthy boundaries
My yoga teaching journey had not only imbibed me with invaluable knowledge, it had also healed me in many ways. Since then I’ve been teaching regularly in many avenues and my students vary from basic beginners to seasoned practitioners. I am always heartened when I received feedback from students telling me how they feel more relaxed after my yoga classes or even how they have become more flexible or stronger and how much they 1enjoy yoga now when they never used to. Some of them are now even capable of executing poses that they had never dreamt they were capable of. This gave me extreme gratification and I feel blessed to be able to make such a difference to the lives of my students and to help them experience the benefits of yoga simply by sharing my practice, guiding and passing on what I consider a gift that had been bestowed upon me.
Besides being a passionate yoga instructor, I can be funny and wacky at times and have no qualms engaging in self-depreciating humor or sharing little jokes with students and even encouraging them to find a smile in the corner of their mouths whenever they find themselves struggling through a difficult pose.
Today, I feel blessed to be able to share my passion and knowledge from a harmony of voices from a bunch of inspiring human beings. If there is one thing, I have learnt from all of my teachers (both directly and indirectly) that it is essential to listen to my own body, to myself. You can be guided, you can be led, but in the end, it is up to you. I wish you all blessings and joy in your own personal journey and will always be there to walk that journey with you.