Transformation: something missing, something found
“Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be.”
– B.K.S Iyengar
I came to yoga shortly after my second child was born. At the time, I was an attorney in private practice in Minneapolis with two children under the age of three with a brutal daily commute from Lindstrom. I was too stressed, gaining weight and struggling to get any sleep. Something had to change.
So, I took an attorney job less than five minutes from my house with better hours and flexibility for my family. I also decided that I needed to do something for myself. I started taking yoga classes through community education. Each week I laid my mat on the middle school gym floor led by an instructor who was freakishly flexible. I thought each week if I could only work harder that I too could achieve what I saw the teacher accomplish. While I was less stressed, had lost weight and was sleeping better – there was something missing.
Looking for a more intense immersion in the yoga life, I joined a yoga studio where I practiced many times a week. What I discovered in this more intense practice was that the real work in yoga begins when you are really dying in a pose, when you want to come out of the pose–when you think you cannot do it. Then, you breathe and surrender and stay, and each time it gets easier. You find freedom, you push past boundaries–you are transformed. By elevating my yoga work, I came to experience inner transformation in my daily living, both at work and at home.
Last year, I even doubled down on my yoga practice and became a certified yogi – truly life@100%.