The day finally came! I graduated from yoga teacher training yesterday! 200 hours of practice, observation, learning, and growing. What an amazing early birthday present to myself.
I never would have thought a year and a half ago when I went to my first yoga class that the next summer I would be getting certified as a yoga teacher. I never would have thought yoga would have such a huge impact on my life. I’ll forever be grateful to the former coworker and friend who introduced me to the practice.
Since starting yoga I’ve gained a greater sense of calm in my emotional storms. They still hit me with urgency and ferocity but I’m better able to weather them. I’ve been able to come off my blood pressure medication. My BP only goes up now when I’m under excessive stress which doesn’t happen so often. I’ve met some really extraordinary women in the yoga community, who’ve shown me such love and grace and mercy. This community has genuinely shown me the definition of friendship. The people I have met have accepted me exactly as I am. I never have to worry about my scars. I never have to worry about judgement. I can cry on my mat, laugh on my mat, feel whatever it is I am feeling in those moments.
I cannot wait to start my next chapter as a teacher in this community. I cannot wait to start giving back some of the amazing things I’ve gained in the last year and a half. I cannot wait to see where this journey will take me next.