The path that lead to this beginners’ program may seem a bit dramatic: yoga helped to save my marriage and ultimately, my life.
Marriage dumped me into a new town, new job, new house with first time homeowner challenges, and a new culture in a multigenerational household. It was a lot at once.
I became dysregulated: stressed-out, anxious, resentful, combative, insomniac, and I felt physically numb. I prayed a lot: “I’m not usually like this. How do I just…pull myself together?!”
I read an article that yoga was good for stress relief and embodiment. I purchased a $1.50 Rodney Yee VHS tape at a thrift store. (That’s how little I was ready to invest in this new yoga thing.) I practiced that video in my basement everyday for a week. I’ve never looked back.
Yoga gave me the language and tools that I needed to reconnect my brain, body and spirit. I learned to decentralize myself from other peoples’ reactions, keep a level head during chaotic times, and gradually release expectations of what should and could be in acceptance for what is.
My husband noticed the shift in me and so did I! I’m done! Healed, right?! But life keeps life-ing.
Years later, I hit a severe case of perinatal depression during a complicated pregnancy. It felt like my body and brain had failed me. Rather than disassociating, I turned inward again. Yoga offered new tools to gradually help me out of the trenches.
I’ve shared many of my experiences on social media. I’m regularly asked, “How did you know what to do?” or “How do I start a yoga practice?” Thus, this program for beginners was born! Tried + true, ancient + modern, all come together for your wellbeing.
Maybe your story is similar or entirely different. No matter what you’re going through, a better understanding of authentic yoga can help.