What is your yoga story?
When I was younger, I was the least athletic person you’ve ever met. To some extent, I still am. Running? Nope. Team sports? Nope. Nothing like that. I was happy to pretend that my body didn’t exist and focus on books and computers.
But then I was introduced to yoga, through a required speech class at my high school, of all things. The teacher had us do yoga as a warm up, telling us that your physical state was important to emotional expression (which is obviously part of acting, and a part that I struggled with).
I found that I really liked the way yoga made me feel. I started pursuing it further and ended up practicing Hatha yoga on and off throughout high school. I stopped in college, but a few years after stopping yoga I injured my back. The physical therapy I was prescribed didn’t feel as though it was doing much for me – but when I was invited to Amandla Energy Works’ Vinyasa class, that felt like it was doing something. I subsequently found that vinyasa yoga was better for my back, which we now believe may have some congenital muscle and nerve issues, than the physical therapy was!
Practicing yoga in a class regularly has also helped me to get many benefits that I probably would have gotten from team sports if I’d done them when I was younger. I am bolder and more adventurous; having seen people at all levels practicing together, I am no longer afraid to try things I if I am not sure I will succeed. I now consider regular yoga practice to be one of my “medications,” because it’s good for my body and my mind!