I had just turned 35. I was out of shape, overweight, tired, and not happy with myself. I was beginning to feel the first signs of aging. My back hurt, I felt stiff when I would get out of bed, and I was weak. I knew it was time for me to do something about my health. My “Ah-ha” moment came when I realized I wanted to be strong, have energy, be happy and feel vibrant as I age.
I joined my local health club, figuring that would be a good place to start. I walked on the treadmill… hated it! I tried the elliptical, that wasn’t so bad. But the reality was – I was not enjoying working out. My good friend, Adam, was in town for a visit and suggested I go to a yoga class with him. He had been living in New York and practicing Jivamukti Yoga and thought I would really connect with the practice. We went together and I was instantly hooked! That became a life changer for me.
I was attending yoga classes as often as I could. At first, I didn’t know what I was doing. I was having a hard time following the teacher’s instructions, I didn’t understand Sanskrit, and everyone else seemed to know what to do. I could barely hold a plank pose without collapsing to my knees! I felt really self-conscious – like everyone knew I was clueless. But, there was something that kept motivating me to keep going to class.
I started to notice how great I felt mentally and physically after each class. My confidence increased. I started to “find my flow”. I looked forward to getting on my yoga mat and getting out of my head and into feeling my body. I began to understand the deep connection between our minds and our bodies. My awareness increased. I felt more peace in my life. My teachers were especially kind and loving people who would share inspirational messages during each class. Those teachings made me think, taught me to love myself, and helped me slow down.
So here is my message: Get Going! Start Moving! We all know the numerous benefits that exercise brings, but why don’t we do it? I think we have to find our passion in what we do – and that includes exercise. Joseph Campbell, the great philosopher said to “Follow your BLISS”. I believe that it is essential to pursue physical activities that get us EXCITED and are FUN. It’s also a great way to make new friends, connect with other people who are like minded, and expand your life.
My life has been forever changed because I found my Bliss (Ananda – Sanskrit). I got in shape, lost excess weight, gained energy, and am so happy for the gift of good health!
Namaste (The light in me, honors and acknowledges, the light in you.)