One could say that I found yoga.
But, I really do believe that the Universe has bigger plans for us than we could ever imagine. So, whether I found it or it found me isn’t the significant part. What matters is that I have never been so sure of anything in my life. My yoga practice is here to stay and my journey will be infinite.
Throughout a few years, I would have bursts of wanting to try yoga, just never had a friend to go with for moral support. I was way too insecure to attend alone. However, I was getting closer to finally taking the leap, when my boyfriend suggested we try eating a plant-based diet for 30 days in an attempt to lower blood sugar.
I agreed no questions asked.
For one month, I would not consume any animal products, processed foods or do any exercising (as to not put my body in shock). On day 32 or so, I weighed in at 10 pounds lighter than I did before. There is something really empowering and mind-altering about eating really clean. I didn’t even miss the meat. I wanted more of this because, for the first time in my life, I finally felt in control of something.
Finally in control of my health
Health is something we all have the power to be in control of one way or another. And, just two weeks into this lifestyle, I already could feel benefits. I was sleeping better and feeling more energy. Along with feeling satisfied from eating nutrient-rich food instead of empty carbohydrates and meat that my body probably wasn’t even absorbing at all.
At this point, I decided I needed an exercise routine, and yoga (which I had longed to try for years prior in the back of my mind) would be the perfect accompaniment to this healthier, kinder lifestyle I had adopted. I was lucky enough to have my boyfriend, who also wanted to practice for the first time as well.
It was nothing like I assumed it would be like. It was gentle, welcoming, calm, peaceful and probably the most amazing, grounding experience I have ever had.
After my first class, I was so hard on myself that I hadn’t started earlier when I was younger so that I could be much more experienced by now.
Yet, as I deepen my practice, I realize that every moment in my life was necessary for me to be where I am today, and for that, I am forever grateful. It doesn’t matter whether I had started earlier because it’s not about being good or better. It’s about starting where you are right now. Meeting yourself face to face on your mat and either beginning or continuing your journey through self-discovery. Learning should never end.