As a mental health therapist, managing my own stress is crucial to being effective in helping my clients – enter yoga!
I started yoga as something to keep me busy as a transition between jobs and never expected the impact it would have on my life. I enrolled in an unlimited class package and took every class I could. When you’re only working 2 hours a week, that becomes a lot of classes. I quickly found out two things – I am completely out of shape AND I think I’m in love! Many times, I would suffer through an entire class — falling, sweating, holding my breath, twitching through savasana — and then leave dreaming of my next class. I would think: this is weird, why do you keep going back?
The answer: yoga and I have a love-hate relationship. Yoga loves me unconditionally and I hate it when it’s doing the work. Through teacher training, and learning the philosophy of yoga, I learned yoga won’t always be pleasant, it won’t always flow the way you want it to, and you might fall over in tree pose. Yet, this is what it’s all about! Yoga is supposed to push you, help you grow and support you through the process.
As a teacher, I try to bring this concept to my classes. I love to incorporate meditation, breathwork, and unconventional flows while working to encourage being in the present moment and being OK with whatever that looks like for the day. My teaching emphasizes looking within and accepting the current moment, so you can take the peace you find on the mat and bring it home with you. Being a teacher at Onyx is an honor. Onyx is a home to me and I hope I foster that feeling in each of my students.