I am the type of person that pushes myself very hard most of the time. So being active and working out was always enjoyable for me and is definitely a part of who I am. Therefore, group fitness and personal training has felt like a natural progression. On the other hand, my path to teaching yoga is more complicated and deeply personal. At the first yoga class I attended, 20 years ago, I had no idea what an incredible impact it would have on the rest of my life.
A year later I found myself in a physically and mentally abusive relationship that I could not escape for over three years. The torment included threats of death and violence against myself and my family if I tried to leave. I turned to yoga to give me moments of serenity in a time filled with pain, fear, anger and depression.
While I did not have the freedom to attend classes at a yoga studio anymore, when I was alone I would take time to focus on my breath and releasing tension. I believe these stolen moments were why I was table to find the mental strength to finally escape this nightmare with my 2-year-old son.
This huge victory was just the beginning of my healing process. I still felt the emotional and mental effects of the abuse for years. To this day, over 15 years later, I continue to use yoga to help manage stress and anxiety.
As I developed my yoga practice over the years I learned how beneficial the physical aspect of yoga could be as well. I became aware it could also benefit my workouts through improved form and flexibility, increased core strength and quicker recovery.
Damn Serenity is based on my dream that we could help others in a similar way. This is why Alan and I feel so strongly about sharing yoga with as many people as possible, especially in a space where they feel most comfortable, like their own home.
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