My yoga practice has been such a blessing. When I studied Ashtanga yoga with Tim Miller, I remember him telling us that; “Yoga was given to us by the gods to help ease human suffering.” I found this out first hand. I had suffered from depression and anxiety from an early age. I was shy, lacked self-esteem and felt like an outsider. I found that drugs and alcohol gave me temporary relief and confidence to “fit in.” I was always searching for meaning and for spiritual connection and I thought that if I found the right combination of alcohol and various substances, I would feel at peace. I constantly looked for things outside of me to fix me. As I continued on this path, I found myself in some dangerous situations with some unsavory characters. I “hit bottom” in November of 1994 and began my road to recovery from drugs and alcohol.
Although I was clean and sober, all of my old feelings of “not being good enough” came back. I continued to look to things outside of me to fix me and bring me peace. I tried relationships, food, shopping…anything other than drugs and alcohol. Finally, in 2000 I found yoga! Yoga has been a vehicle for me to stop trying to escape myself. Instead, I’ve learned to embrace who I am and to celebrate the divine inside that we all share. When I practice yoga, I have an authentic feeling of being at peace. The more I practice, the more that peace stays with me. “Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodaha” has changed my life. It is the second sutra and means that yoga helps to quiet the mind. My mind was NEVER quiet and the practice gives me that wonderful sense of peace and being in the moment. Sharing this amazing experience with others is my passion. I began teaching in 2006 and I lead 200 and 300-hour teacher trainings for YogaWorks. My life is such a blessing.
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