Lauren Martin

In June of 2011, I was flipping through a magazine and saw a few pages dedicated to yoga. I pulled them out and figured I would give it a shot on my lunch break. What did I have to lose? I remember doing it and I loved it instantly. I didn’t know why, but I knew I had to try it again so that weekend I found some yoga on TV, rented a few DVD’s and continued to practice.

It took me months before I felt brave enough to go to the studio, but I will never forget my first class. It was the first hour in a long time that I can remember not worrying about anything. Not if I sent that work email, not what errands I had to run- I was fully present in both my body and my breath.

Until then I always was go-go-go, never stopping to pause, or to breathe.

I used to hate the idea of slowing down. I didn’t get it.  What do you mean stop thinking? Stop doing? Wouldn’t I be bored? But that stillness in both my mind and body had immediate effects. I was transformed and as much as I knew I would continue to practice, I knew I would teach. I felt like I wanted to run and tell every one I knew. I wanted to keep creating this space for myself and I wanted to help other people do the same thing.

It was challenging sure, and continues to be, but that is what keeps bringing me back and that is what allows me to see what is possible when I am present in my  body and with my breath. I hope to do that for as many people as I can and am honored to share this practice.