How Has Yoga Affected Your Life?

Jennifer: I am not the same person I was 12 years ago (thank God), thanks to the steady, disciplined practice and study of yoga. I can handle all the absurdities, joys, and sorrows of life with a sense of humor and a strength I did not know I had. I no longer take very much, except the love for my family and friends and animals, very seriously, as it seems the older I get, the easier it is to understand that they are what is really important. The rest, including third series asanas or a new car, will come and go….

Marsha: Yoga has made me a more patient person. It has taught me how to sit with whatever is going on. It has taught me that all things must pass, both good and bad. It keeps me honest. It makes me pay attention to my thoughts and actions. It reminds me to live in the moment. It is my way to practice how to live because what happens on the mat is a reflection of how I conduct myself in the real world. As they say, “how we do anything is how we do everything.”

Kathy: Yoga has made me want to be a better person. I work to be calmer, more patient, kinder, and less reactive. Above all it has reminded me no matter what is going on to just breathe and “be” in this moment.

Rebecca: Yoga has shown me I can choose how I react to the world around me and given me a better outlook on life. It is a beautiful thing!

Jackie: Time on my mat gives me the freedom to feel beautiful and at peace. Yoga has taught me to stop being so hard on myself. Before yoga I was anxious and stressed. I have learned nothing good comes from anxiety and stress looks good on no one. Getting on my mat each day reminds me to create space from the going-ons of life and practice just being.

Joanne: Both teaching yoga and my own practice have taught me patience, and I hope humility, and although I am not always “in the moment” I do strive to be present and the best yogi I can be both on and off the mat.