Most of my twenties were spent mindlessly, after years of neglecting my body I was overweight and terribly out of shape. Although I didn’t know it at the time, I was very unhappy.
In 2001, I had tried yoga at a community centre, even though the classes ended, the desire to continue did not. By 2004, I was practicing regularly and had quickly noticed the positive effects on my physical, mental and emotional well being.
Some days we will flow, playing with dualities of strength, softness and of course the breath. Other days, we may focus on alignment and detail, time to explore the pose inside and out. Not all classes will be exactly the same, variety is the key, the repetition comes with stepping on the mat and seeing what comes out. Together, let’s smile at the tension hidden (or not so hidden) in the body, the mind or in the heart, and laugh at our own particular habits, so that maybe one day, we can let them go.
I am curious by the many different ways the body can move, even when holding still. I have taken training in, Hatha, Ashtanga, Yin, Kundalini and most recently Restorative Yoga. I can appreciate the benefit that rolling on balls can provide to release the stuck, knotted connective tissue and how the yoga wall can be used to traction the spine and release tension from the day.
Although I could name many who have inspired me, my main teachers include: Richard Freeman, Basia Going, Beryl Bender Birch, Doug Keller, Sarah Powers and Hart Lazer.
Yoga has given me a new life, a great community of friends, inspiring teachers, and endless opportunities in which to learn about life on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels.
Thank You for reading!
Article originally published Thursday, April 19, 2010, in the National Post. Yoga for weight loss. Soothing the mind, toning the body. By Linda Nguyen, CanWest News Service (kind of funny though that they spelled my last name wrong - holts)