I live a very stressful life between working long hours driving all day and taking care of my mother who has recently had a double hip replacement and will soon be having cataract surgery. Before that I raised my son by my self and needless to say it’s taken it’s toll.
Overweight, hurting all the time, and heart palpitations that would send me to the emergency room. Something had to change. I had done yoga years ago when I was young and wanted to give it another try. But it was scary for me. I worried about how much weight I’d put on. What others would think.
Getting older has been hard.
A friend invited me to my first yoga class at Yoga Shala. That first class I was self conscious. I was stiff, inflexible and my stomach kept getting in the way. But by the end of the class I felt great! People were welcoming and made me feel like I belonged. They were diverse, some younger, some older and everyone at different levels in their yoga practice. It’s been a few months now since that first day. Even though I’m still overweight, that's changing. I’ve lost 4 inches around my middle, my flexibility, balance and strength is greatly improved and no more aches and pains!
Feeling more relaxed, I’m sleeping better and I’m able to handle stressful situations now. I just take a deep breath and calm myself. When I’m at work I feel my yoga kick in. Specially while tying a wheelchair down, I often use triangle pose, standing splits or goddess pose and meditate on my breaks. I feel strong, calm and relaxed!