the union of Self, from Self, to Self.
Yoga found me in the darkest part of my life, and since has become my truest answer. Yoga means 'to yoke' or 'to bring union'; wherever there is union, there is Yoga. To unify with your experience, your now moment, your body, your thoughts, your feelings- this is the deepest practice we know. I have felt this on the mat from the moment I started practicing, into the way I walk down the street today. Yoga is a way of life, Yoga is how I walk the world.
My physical Yoga journey began in my bedroom, watching youtube videos and practicing internally while my body was in movement. From there I expanded on a home practice, from what knowledge I'd gained from the plentiful basket of videos I'd seen. I've been a home practitioner since 2014, have been teaching privates since 2016, and got my teaching certification (RYT 200) in June of 2018 from the Asheville Yoga Center.
Long before I began learning of the Asanas in Yoga, I became very philosophically inclined. Having not grown up in a religious household, and being surrounded by people who 'believed in God,' I wanted to know if I was missing out- and if I was missing out, on what was I missing out? By the age of 11 I created a documentary on the ways of Christianity, and had studied Buddhism and other philosophies. This is truly where my practice began, even if unknowingly.
The first publication I wrote (Discovering Chi) was a soul based journey starting with the union of Self inside me, and to my life externally. Beginning on a spiritual journey can be confusing, but self actualizing is worth all the confusion. Living soulfully and wholly has been my biggest reward of life. We do not bear fruit from our action, only action itself.
I live the way of Buddhism and Hinduism. I do not subscribe to any religion or one way, as every way has teachings and scriptures we can learn from. In fact, each way comes from another way, so how are we to say one way is correct and another is not? My one constant in my practice is my Self; what is it in my life that I need to work on, to release, to open, embrace, accept, become- that's where my practice starts and ends. When I'm teaching I open a space for others to also reflect on what it is their self needs in their now moment, as not to do so would fail all seekers.
Being a teacher and a student, there is one big reminder we must make everyday- our biggest teacher is inside of us. It doesn't matter the amount of shalas, temples, churches, or places of worship we go to if the intention of reflecting internally is not present. As we are all teachers, I believe it to be very important to surround ourselves with people who are also constantly teaching themselves. We learn the most when there are others in our environment who are learning along with us.
I don't believe in coincidence, and if you're on this page right now then your journey of yoga has already begun, and I am just a reflection for you. If you are looking to be a student of mine, Please, don't hesitate to reach out on the about page (for whatever reason you find in yourself). My blog serves as a space of my own reflections, enjoy them if you wish. If you've found this page because I'm interested in teaching in your space, then I thank you for reading until the end. Namaste. May peace and love be in your way today, and every day.