Yoga was something I was drawn to at a very young age. When classes and resources were few and far between I would take out old books full of black and white photos from the library and try to mimic the postures and understand the teachings. When I started taking classes at an actual studio while I was in school I just knew that this practice for me. Nothing made me feel more at ease in my own body and more connected to others than yoga. No matte where I was, I always felt like I was at home when I was on my mat.
Gill Brown demonstrating Ustrasana, the camel pose.
HOW I LIVE MY PRACTICE
My practice is something that is constantly evolving. I find that whatever it is I need on a given day to bring me back to a state of balance – yoga offers the tools to bring me there. It’s been a part of my life for such a long time that I find that whenever I get into my head or face conflict, when I’m feeling stressed out or drained, I know deep in my heart how to come back to the present moment and I am reminded of what really matters. It’s all yoga.
WHERE I AM MOST CHALLENGES BY MY PRACTICE:
The perfectionist in me interferes in my practice at times. I have to constantly remind myself that there is no perfect time or circumstance for my yoga practice. My practice doesn’t have to look like a photo from a yoga magazine with myself in a cute outfit in a serene room with candles and beach views. Sometimes, my practice will be in my pajamas, with noisy kids and a playful puppy climbing on me in my messy living room, and that is perfect for me.
HOW I HAVE FUN OFF MY MAT:
I enjoy spending time outdoors with my husband and kids. I love cooking and entertaining friends. The introvert in me cherishes my alone time too, whether it’s tucking into a good book or going for a run.
WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE:
I alone am responsible for my own happiness.
WHAT I AM COMMITTED TO:
Learning. I am always looking for new ways to expand my horizons and better myself.
WHAT I SHARE IN MY TEACHING:
It’s okay to be uncomfortable, it’s normal to experience yucky feelings and we all do. What’s important to remember is that when we are fully present, on or off the mat, we can respond to that discomfort with clarity and compassion – and we are never alone.