Initially, I started going to yoga class on Sundays so I could spend more time with my mom. After a while of practicing once a week, and noticing the changes, I started going as often as my schedule would allow - I used to work long hours and I couldn’t always make it to class. What began as a weekly practice became a daily practice that transformed my personality, my outlook, and my relationships with loved ones. My priorities changed to the point that I switched careers!
This is the only practice that has remained in my life for longer than a few months. The effect it has had on my life has been very deep. What I love about it most is that there is no rush to accomplish anything. All I have to do is show up and breathe - no pressure, no competition. It's been said so perfectly already, so I will repeat it here: "First, you have to practice for a long period of time; second, your practice must not be interrupted—you must do it regularly; and third, you must do your practice with love and respect." (Yoga Sutra 1.14) I struggle some days to even get on the mat, and other days I'm just not that psyched about my yoga practice… but I keep coming back to it over and over with devotion.
I’ve had excellent influences throughout the years, and some have truly inspired me. My very first yoga teacher, Chanti Tacoronte-Perez (owner of Yantra Wisdom), helped me lay a strong foundation upon which I’ve built my practice. I have enjoyed exploring this vast world of yoga, and incorporating that which makes me stronger. It is especially rewarding when other practitioners trust me to guide them along. This is, without a doubt, the most interesting thing I’ve ever done.
Our experience of life is movement. Without movement we cease. It is possible to stop everything and feel the movement. It is lulling, once you remove the fray. The fray is not easy to remove. Our senses are so compelling. Our thoughts are so powerful. Our emotions are so changeable. It is like being out at sea. The movement never stops.