Why Yoga? by jacquelyn

Why did I change my life and throw myself into yoga?

As we start a new year, I feel the urge to take stock. Although we don’t want to get caught up in the past or let it define our future, it is sometimes useful to notice the changes we’ve undergone. Since I’m thinking about the past today, I thought I would share with you my own yoga journey.

About eight years ago I had a nasty fall during my pregnancy with Conall. Despite my best efforts, I was still living with chronic hip pain four years later. Some days it was just a nagging ache but on other days it felt like torture with frequent sharp breath-stealing pains whether I was sitting, standing, walking or lying down. My sleep suffered, my relationships suffered and I started to think that I’d never ride my horse again.

Enter yoga. I took one class and realized three things. First, that I half hated yoga, second, that I half loved yoga and third, that it was the key to healing my body. At that time I didn’t realize how many other aspects of my life it would affect.

I started practicing at home every day although I was extremely inexpert. I took a weekly class with a lovely teacher on whom I had a huge yoga crush, our own Julie Graydon, and every week I would remember again why I hated yoga and why I loved it.

Very soon things started to get better as yoga lengthened taut, tense muscles and built strength in others.

I also started to feel better about myself. I stopped seeing myself as a broken painful mess and started to see myself as a whole person, someone with the potential to be healthy and pain free. This shift in my thinking was wholly unexpected and changed every aspect of my life off the mat.

My posture improved and I started to meet the world eye to eye. I’d been told so many times to stand up straight but with an overly rounded spine and little self confidence it wasn’t easy. Once, someone told me to ‘stop looking at your shoes and look up, see what you’re missing.’ Given that we were standing in a gorgeous part of Scotland surrounded by mountains I guess he had a point. What else had I missed? What are you missing? Are your shoes really more interesting than the world and everyone in it?

The pain began to fade into the background and I became more and more interested in yoga. Like many people, I had tried it for the physical benefits but I became fascinated by the philosophy of yoga and meditation. And, of course, I’ve never looked back. Except for maybe once a year.

Join me in class this week and see what yoga brings you.

Love, jacquelyn

PS Can’t wait to start teaching Beginner Yoga next week. Joy!

jacquelyn croppedMy schedule:

9.15 am Flow Yoga ~ Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

6.15 pm Flow Yoga ~ Wednesday

9.15 am Gentle Yoga ~ Sunday

 

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