How has your practice helped you?
I had PTSD from my surgery. I was heavily depressed. My whole world was crashing. My mental state was not solid when I first went back to yoga. Something brought me back, and I went to this hot a** yoga class -- it was 105 degrees! I hadn't gotten over 105 lbs and my wound wasn’t even closed yet. I experienced how resilient I was through yoga. The moment I felt that, I realized that yoga could help anybody. If you can learn how to breathe, and breathe deeply, you can learn to be ok with suffering and, essentially, the joys of being alive. I had to share it.
While in the midst of deep depression and an attempted suicide, I started teaching these $5 demos that only 1-2 people came to. This was before I had a certification. Though I was spreading what I had learned and what helped me, my MIND still had to heal. For example, right now we’re only coping with everything that has come with COVID-19, but we're going to have to heal our minds after, because we’re being traumatized by this.
I really teach anatomy, posture, and mindfulness. Yoga is actually the tool I do it with. I started getting educated behind the science of the breath, which can help anyone with anxiety, depression, chronic illness, and the like. You would be surprised at how many people ask me how to breathe. It’s life changing.
My yoga and meditation practice is a complete gift, it helps me in endless ways and I’m still reaping the joys of it. There's 3 solid things yoga does for me: brings me closer to myself and my body, calms my nervous system which benefits my Crohn’s disease, and it keeps me connected to my tribe.