my yoga story: part one.

October 26, 2010 in about me,Baptiste Power Yoga,cleveland,cleveland yoga,fitness,life,Ohio,thoughts,yoga

Late last week I mentioned that I was excited to take a yoga class at Cleveland Yoga with my favorite yoga teacher, Diana. She moved to California from Ohio a few months after I really found my yoga practice and is back in Cleveland visiting this week.

Well I realized that I have never shared my ‘how-I-came-to-love-yoga’ story.

I took my first yoga class at Cleveland Yoga by myself. I’m not sure what gave me the motivation to go and try it, but I just built up the courage to go. By myself. To a class where I knew no one and nothing about yoga.

And in walks the teacher. And the class made me feel so comfortable. Well, as comfortable as a beginner student can feel. But I knew instantly…

This is for me.

And if the breathing and the postures and the teacher weren’t enough, during savasana {or corpse pose, the pose used for final relaxation} the teacher said the following:

If you’re going to be passionate about something, be passionate about learning. If you’re going to fight something, fight for those in need. If you’re going to question something, question authority. If you’re going to lose something, lose your inhibitions. If you’re going to gain something, gain respect and confidence. And if you’re going to hate something, hate the false idea that you are not capable of your dreams. {Daniel Golston}
And then I knew for sure. This is most definitely for me.

I had never been so sure about something in my life. I started attending classes regularly. I began to become more flexible in my body, spirit and mind. For those who have been reading for a while, you may have noticed that I am not religious person whatsoever. But for me, yoga fulfilled this purpose. It makes me trust in myself, body and mind, while being mindful of all of those around me.

And it can truly all be summed up by my first experience with yoga… to be passionate about things worth passion; fighting for what’s important; questioning injustices; losing your self-conscious self; gaining self-respect while earning the respect of others; and acknowledging that you are capable of more than your mind allows you to believe.

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heisschic October 26, 2010 at 12:26 pm

🙂 this is making me want to go to a REAL yoga studio again.

i've been attending class at the gym- so it's not quiiite the same thing. the cost is a lot better though!

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~M~ October 26, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Love this!

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Amanda October 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Love this post, I'd really like to try yoga sometime!

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