"...An ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one's being, from bodily health to self realization. Yoga means union - the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day to day life and endows skill in the performance of one's actions."
About 5 years ago I was searching for a method to manage stress so I decided to try a Yoga class. I learned how much I needed to work on my flexibility since I was barely able to place my hands on my knees while bending forward.
At first, I was more interested at the physical benefits of yoga and nothing else. I thoroughly enjoyed the class because it provided a great feeling of adrenaline rush, happiness, and excitement all in one. The poses where challenging but, each time I was able to align myself as instructed, I felt a great sense of accomplishment. I believe that is why I fell in love with yoga. There is no competition in yoga it is an expression of oneself and an awareness of your own challenges, it’s all about you! You develop your practice in accordance with your ability while forgetting about any troubles. During the class the mind is occupied with how to get into the pose (asana), along with synchronizing your breathing (pranayama), and the flow of the movements.
Before long, I was building my practice, feeling much more flexible and healthier. My teacher, Lorraine Rogers, saw my progress and motivated me to attend the same training she did. I wanted to further understand the essence of yoga, which focuses on synchrony of breathing and flow of poses. I studied under Raji Thron who trained with Krishnamacharya in India and other great gurus of yoga. The program was intense and Raji is considered one of the most renowned teachers in current day yoga. He developed a style named Synthesis® which trains using a variety of yoga styles.
I am presently a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). I have been teaching and taking classes. If you start practicing Yoga, you will see that it becomes a lifetime process of learning with simple concepts that can improve your wellbeing. As your yoga instructor, my hope is that when I teach my class it will unleash in you the same kind of experience and amazing feelings I have when I am practicing yoga. I often teach my massage patients some yoga poses and it helps a lot to release muscles and reduce pain among many other benefits.