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Yoga is serenity. For me, yoga is the only thing that allows me to clear my head and focus on something other than my emotions. I am a stay-at-home parent to my two young children and I’m not sure when exactly it began but, for at least the last year I have felt very overwhelmed with my emotions.
In yoga teacher trainings across Canada – in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton, Halifax or Montreal – future yoga teachers learn how yoga can be used to control.
On a personal level, I find myself tearing up at sappy commercials and outright sobbing at a sad movie scene. I try to keep everything under control and relatively hidden from my kids but there are days where I feel as though I’m drowning in my mood swings and the only thing that gives me peace is yoga; almost as soon as I step on my mat my mind becomes clear and I am able to become calm and focused on my body and my breathing.
The breathing techniques in particular have really helped me, I use them daily to calm my anxiety.
The poses and movements in yoga are something I am continuously impressed by. I am always surprised at my own strength and flexibility.
Not only do I love learning and trying new poses but, I also love seeing my progress in basic poses like forward fold and downward dog. Yoga has taught me to be patient and kind to myself. I’ve learned to trust the process and stay focused on my meditation and breathing.
Yoga helps me remain separate from everyday stresses. It has shown me that although life can get overwhelming and upsetting, it’s important to gain perspective and remind myself that every day is a gift and I am stronger and more capable than I give myself credit for.
I try to live in the moment and appreciate these years I get to spend at home with my children and watch them grow and learn every single day.