I have found myself; perhaps for the very first time as I roll to one side, reborn as I enter into a fetal position; breathing new breath, awakening to a new day, with new eyes and a new perspective. It is this practice of yoga that gifts me with fresh awareness and I know that I have found connection once again to the essence of who I am. Yoga on the mat simply becomes the practice for how I live my life off the mat. The practice of yoga is a journey from the head to the heart; a true process of Self Discovery.
I thought what most people in the West think; a great workout and increased flexibility. I had no idea the practice would change me from the inside out. All my life I wanted to change everything and everyone around me but I never thought to have a continuous practice of looking inside. Arriving on my mat daily allows me the opportunity to reflect and feel into any stagnancy or holdings I may have. The pure acknowledgment that this density exists helps me to move through it and release it. Each time I get on my mat I learn more about myself.
The practice is very much a personal journey but there is something about stepping into a room amongst people who are also there for personal healing. It makes it easier to be vulnerable and to come to the practice humbled, with an open heart. This complete surrender allows me to receive the benefits of the practice; physically yes, but mostly mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. As I create more space in my body for the breath, the stagnancy dissipates leaving me with a feeling of bliss; pure and unconditional love. These holdings are just stuck energy; stories or imprints in the body and the mind from past experiences. The practice is to release them with every exhale inviting new energy, creation and passion with each inhale. As I let go of who I am not, I breathe into the essence of who I am. With each practice comes a teaching, with each teaching comes awareness, and with each moment of awareness I have a greater knowing of my body, mind, and spirit.
Although a personal journey, you will see yogis start to congregate around the world in community. With the support of one another we can see each person as a teacher and a reflection of who we are. We are all in search of the same thing; union. Union with the self, each other, nature, and spirit; whether we know it or not. We are one and we are longing for this connection to feel whole rather than separate. I didn't know it at the time but I was looking for community; a family to grow with spiritually. To transform and to witness transformation in others. When I did my Yoga Teacher Training in an intensive environment; a community was formed as we lived yoga, breathed yoga, and studied yoga for 3 weeks together. Through my connection with others, I have reconnected to myself.
Although my main intention through yoga teacher training course was to deepen my practice mostly by conquering handstand, I found that what I got from it were tools to a life with purpose and intention. With this experience, i quickly jumped at the chance to facilitate this journey for others. I also realized yoga teacher training is not just for people wanting to become teachers, but for anyone and everyone so that we can all continue to awaken to our Soul's purpose.
After 5 years of facilitating and over 25 trainings later, I have found my tribe. This intimate beautiful family of friends and teachers; my closest reflection of who I am have become my Kula; commUNITY of the HEART. Our main mission is to help people awaken through Yoga Teacher Trainings and Transformational Retreats. This is our dharma, our Soul's purpose. What is yours?
5 Reasons to join KULA COLLECTIVE'S Yoga Teacher Training Courses (25 day intensives)
LIVE YOUR YOGA through daily PRACTICE
SELF DISCOVERY through TRANSFORMATION
SACRED LOCATIONS around the GLOBE
COMMUNITY and a SOUL FAMILY
GIVE and RECEIVE unconditional LOVE