Yoga is a silent teacher, that helps us find a safe place within ourselves, a place like a sanctuary, which nobody can take away from us. We just need to know how to get there and yoga can allow us to find our way in. Once we know the way, we can always come back to it.
I began practising yoga when I was very anxious in my life and I slowly learned that there is a safe space within me. In a silent experiential way, yoga has told me how to get there. My enthusiasm and love of teaching yoga comes out of my gratitude, of being deeply thankful, for yoga. It has been a lifesaver for me.
It is good to have some discipline with yoga so that we are building a path. It is like creating a clearing first really, hard to find our way in the beginning, to that place within. We might not even realise that it exists. We don’t know where we are going, and then we make that clearing, that passage a little wider, and slowly it becomes more like a track, and then gradually a path.
We begin to strengthen that path within ourselves, through discipline, and once we know how to get to that safe place within, to the sanctuary, our sanctuary, we can always return.
I love to share yoga with other people because I feel that yoga changed my life, saved my life and increased the quality of my life endlessly. So out of that love and gratitude, I feel honored to share with other people the tools I have learned from the vast repertoire of life skills that yoga provides us with. Subtle and yet powerful tools and practices that work for me, which I have been practicing with my students over the years.
Some of which have also suffered from anxiety, like me, and others who have experienced highly stressful situations, looking to find respite, and others who simply want to stay fit, healthy, flexible and quieten their minds.
Part of my path as a yoga teacher is sharing techniques and practices that have helped me and others deal with anxiety, calming down our nervous system, bringing us into relaxation. Creating peace of mind and tapping into our inner resources.
Practices that help us strengthen the body, build resilience for the nervous system and allowing our mind to find peace, to calmly settle within. From my personal experience of living with anxiety, I know the importance of finding inner balance on all levels of our being and how challenging that can be.
Yoga becomes our ongoing support and the more we put into our yoga practice, the more it cares for us. It is strengthening that part in us. It is as if we are sitting in a safe room, a safe space within ourselves.