One of the reasons many people don't think yoga is a good fit for them is because they don't believe that yoga can work for their changing moods.
Imagine feeling nervous or anxious and then being asked to sit still...
or feeling panicked and asked to calm down...
or feeling depressed and asked to get up and move.
In these examples, being asked to do something that isn't consistent with your mood or energy can be counterproductive.
What does work, however, is providing a practice that meets you where you are, whether you're feeling energized, panicked, or exhausted.
Since I recognize the strong mind-body connection, I teach clients how to evaluate and identify their mood through a series of questions that interviews both their mind and body. From here, clients can then choose a practice that meets their mood instead of one that tries to go against it.
Prior to 2015, if someone mentioned the word “yoga,” my first thought was how boring. I pictured myself having to sit very quietly, holding an uncomfortable pose for way too long, and not having permission to move.
I was very active growing up, so silence and holding still were two things I didn't do well.
In 2015, I attended a Compassion and Wisdom Conference and one of the speakers, Amy Weintraub, founder of the ®LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute, provided a presentation on evidence-based yoga breathing and self-regulation.
Amy's approach was inviting and non-judging. I just needed to be where I was at in that very moment instead of trying to force myself to relax or calm down.
I had an entirely new perspective on yoga, and I wanted to learn more.
So I let go of my expectations on what I thought yoga was and opened my mind and body to what yoga could be for me.
After immersing myself in yoga practices and cultivating a daily practice for myself, I wanted others to experience the benefits too. I then became a Certified Yoga Practitioner, Level 1, with LifeForce Yoga.
And the rest is, well...history.