To help spice up my summer routine, I had the opportunity to try out a new yoga studio this week–one with an exceptional view of mother nature’s best! Kripalu Yoga & Beyond provided me the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone, practice somewhere new, try a new class, and rejuvenate my fitness journey. It’s refreshing to be able to hit the reset button and try something completely new, while expanding on my yoga experience. As a Yoga Teacher in Training, it’s easy to get caught up in a routine in efforts to grow and establish my yoga routine, yet the true essence of growth happens when subtle changes occur. Without some change, growth will never occur. I reminded myself this week that change is good and that I do indeed crave it. Kripalu Yoga & Beyond helped me to discover what I already knew in my heart–embrace change even when it seems unknown or frightening. Some of the best things in life are right around the corner, but we’ll never find them unless we go looking.
I’ve known Becky for 10 months now and the more I get to know her, the more I want to know about her. I first met Becky when I started attending her Thursday night gentle Kripalu yoga class at Bodywise Yoga Studio. At the time, I had just begun my full time yoga practice. In the beginning, I attended the gentle Kpripalu class almost on a weekly basis. It was exactly what I needed at that time. I needed her class. With practicing multiple times a week, her class helped to ground me and balance out the vigorous styles of yoga classes I was frequenting. The pranayama (breath work), meditations, gentle yoga postures, and guided relaxations helped to calm my busy and frazzled mind, body, and spirit. In the beginning, I had a hard time not letting my mind wander, but after some practice I learned to better control my thoughts and focus on the practice. Her Kripalu yoga classes have taught me a lot about myself over the last 10 months. I’ve learned to be compassionate toward my body, to listen to my body and to give it what it needs, to eliminate the phrase “I can’t” from my vocabulary, not let me ego get in the way, and to come to yoga class as I am. Becky taught me that regardless of what physical, mental, or emotional condition I am in (and it changes from day to day) I am welcome in her class–that I am meant to be in her class just as I am. Continue reading