I also knew I had to keep my body active, so I went to spinning classes, lifted weights and started running about 3 miles a day. Did it make me feel good? Yes. Did I love it? No! With my background in dance and classical ballet, my body always longed for graceful movements and nothing I had tried provided me with them. That’s when I decided to try yoga a couple of days a week in combination with traditional exercise and realized that the yoga days were my favorite ones! I didn’t have to load up on hard boiled eggs (I was told I absolutely needed to consume animal proteins if I wanted to build muscle, you don’t, but we will talk about this later) and kill myself on a stationary bike in a dark room with loud music and an even louder instructor in the center yelling at you to push harder and harder or jump from machine to machine in the weight room. Nothing wrong with it if that’s what you love. But me, I wanted to leave the minute I got there. Those were repetitive and mechanical movements. No grace, no poise. It didn’t resonate with who I am in my core. It was an acidic exercise. I wanted to feel everyday like I felt on Tuesdays and Thursdays when I had yoga. Then I asked myself: Why not? What am I waiting for? Well I will tell you what I was afraid of. I was afraid, like a lot of people are, that I wasn’t going to get enough exercise, that yoga wouldn’t make me feel like I got a workout. But I decided to follow my gut (always follow your gut, that voice inside of you is always right) and I quit the gym and looked for a yoga studio. And that was the best thing that I have ever done for myself. I started doing yoga 4 times a week and the days that I didn’t go to the studio I would practice at home. I was having my green smoothies in the morning and coming up with new and creative ways to use the 5 staples of a vegetarian diet, fruits, vegetables (including greens), nuts seeds and grains to make lunch and dinner. I was finally happy. I was giving my body the gifts of sacred foods and sacred exercise. The weight started to come off in a very organic way. To date I have lost 30 lbs., my skin looks better, and my hair has stopped falling out.
The Universe is perfect and when, last year, we moved from California back to Texas, I found a new yoga studio and decided to take my passion to the next level and began a Teacher Training course. I am now a teacher and very grateful to be able to share my journey with others. Life has been unbelievably generous with me and I would love to give back. If you’re reading this right now it is because you are also looking to change your life. You’re ready to open your mind to new possibilities. When your mind is strong, your body will follow.
I don’t like to use the word addicted because it has a negative connotation, but I was addicted to that feeling. It’s a high you don’t crash from. I believe your body is your best friend and all it wants to do is to heal you. And all you have to do is to give it the powerful tools of nutrient rich foods and alkaline exercise and just watch as it starts working like a well-oiled machine. We fail to realize our amazing power of self-healing. Give it a try. Its not always going to be perfect, progress is not linear. But it’s your journey. Don’t feel discouraged if you feel you like you fell off the wagon. Your day is not ruined. Pick up from where you left off. It’s not what you do every now and then, its what you do everyday that counts. Make small doable changes instead of huge unrealistic ones. Listen to your body. You are your own best teacher.