My journey of yoga is one of Gratitude; for the insights, healing, blessings, and the complete transformation of my life. I cherish every moment, every breath, all the experiences it has taken to get here.
I found my first yoga class at a church in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, where yoga was anything but mainstream. I was unhealthy, worked in a casino, smoked 3 packs of cigarettes a day, ate a terrible diet and wore a hard brace on my neck due to an accident. Yoga was a last resort. I was willing to try anything to get out of the pain - even yoga. If I also found flexibility and stress relief, I would take it but I was skeptical. BUT, I wasn't turning off my pager or my phone! The teacher smiled and handed me a yoga mat.
I joined the circle and tried to sit upright, I tried to breathe deeply and bend over. It was frustrating and humbling and even painful but in the end, I felt better. I kept going back and in a month the brace was off my neck. I was sleeping and not as edgy. Gratitude began.
The practice seemed to stay the same but I was different. Each time there...