I walked in to my first class at Power Yoga Buffalo on January 11, 2011. It was the middle of winter, so when a co-worker suggested I join her for a yoga class in a 90-degree room, I was game.
Having taken many yoga classes previously, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what to expect, some downward facing dogs, maybe tree pose and god-willing there would be savasana. What the next 90 minutes actually consisted of was so much more – somewhere in those 90 minutes – I started to scratch the surface of what it actually meant to practice yoga.
It was the perfect blend of sweat, stretch and soul and I was hooked.
I wasn’t really sure what would surface from this, I just knew to “Do my practice and all is coming” –Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.
Over the next few months, the transformations started to appear, subtle, but noticeable in my mind and body. Through the mysterious blend of breath and asana, my mind was gaining clarity, and my soul had never been more grateful for all the blessings in my life.
Shifts happened off the mat too – trading happy hour for headstands.
In January 2012, I attended a Foundations in Actions program with Baron Baptiste. There were over 300 yogis converged in a hotel ballroom. This is when I realized that it wasn’t just me! This practice truly is transformational. That weekend I knew I had to share this secret with others (even if I wouldn’t admit it to anyone for 5 more months). After countless hours in the studio learning everything I could from Susan and Jamie, I attended Level One Training with Baron Baptiste in August 2012 and started teaching. I’m blessed and honored to have the opportunity to share this practice with you.
“Before you’ve practiced, the theory is useless. After you’ve practiced, the theory is obvious.” – David Williams