About 6 years ago a friend of mine suggested that I check out a “hot” yoga class in downtown London, ON. I remember feeling intimidated walking into the Moksha Yoga London studio and hot room, unaware of what I was getting myself into. I had never done yoga, let alone exercise in temperatures ranging between 36-38°C. My friend and I set up near the mirror in the centre of the room and laid down on our yoga mats acclimatizing to the heat until class began.
During the class, I had intense feelings and thoughts related to how challenging the postures were and how inflexible I was at the time. I wanted the 60-minute session to be finished within the first fifteen; thankfully, I was reminded to breathe. My inhales and exhales helped me get through the class and before I knew it, we were finished with the floor series. As I came out of my final Savansana, I noticed that I had released a lot of tension from my body and mind. Leaving the studio, I remember thinking that I absolutely loved the practice and that I wanted to do it again. While completing my graduate studies, working, and dealing with some personal difficulties, I attended classes to relieve built up stress and to stay fit. Unfortunately, however, as my professional and personal commitments grew over the years my ability to get to the studio to practice became infrequent.
A few months after moving and starting my new job in 2011, I was excited to see that a new Moksha Yoga studio would be opening near my home. When the studio opened in January 2012, I brought members of my family to join me for the opening week. Once again, I was hooked and made an effort to go a minimum of 3-4 times a week. With some encouragement I signed up for my first 30-Day challenge in October 2012. I completed the Challenge with great determination. It was a rewarding and an emotional journey for me as I had mood fluctuations after and during classes. My instructors were incredibly supportive. A number of them guided me to reflect on my experiences by writing in a journal.
It was during this reflective time that I realized how grateful I was to have a sacred space to practice, access to amazing teachers, and a connection with the Moksha community. I also recognized that I wanted to teach to learn more about myself (through continued self-reflection) and to help others. More specifically, I wanted to add this to my nursing practice in an attempt to promote self-care and wellness with clients (with mental health and addiction concerns) and with my colleagues.
I am thrilled to share with you that I was accepted into the Moksha Yoga Teacher Training in December and will be going to Los Angeles, California between February and March 2013 to complete my training. My excitement for what’s to come is palpable! Thank you to all who have supported me to date, you know who you are.
Stay tuned for my next post focused on the 30-Day Challenge I most recently completed in preparation for my upcoming training.