In today's crazy, non-stop world, it's no wonder that so many people have begun to turn to yoga as a source of reprieve. We live for that hour and fifteen minute break in our day when we can curl up or stretch out on our rubber, mat-shaped piece of solitude. For, no matter how many other faces and bodies occupy that yoga studio, it's the best kind of me-time there is.
This twenty-something yogi began her yoga adventure in high school, and has depended on yoga ever since as a constant source of balance and breath. Along the way and deeper into her yoga love affair, she became a Kripalu certified yoga teacher and realized that the joys of yoga and their teachings go so much further than what happens on the mat. This blog is her safe space to teach and discuss all of the things that mainstream yoga might not be able to share in its limited hour-long classes, while still holding on to the reality of what it means to be in your twenties in Chicago (a.k.a - consuming more alcohol than Swami Kripalu would condone).
She wants to show the world that yoga does not have to be done in 115 degrees or have the world "sculpt" in the class title to make a difference in your life. Your yoga practice can happen anywhere and at anytime. Yoga, real yoga, is about loving your whole self more than you love/hate your body. It's about noticing the way your mind wanders and thinks, while trying to keep it quiet. It's about forgetting which person in the room can hold Warrior II the longest so that you can focus instead on the subtle dichotomy of tension and release happening in your own body. And most importantly, "yoga is the process of tolerating the consequences of being yourself." (Bhagavad Gita)
But as much as this yogi loves meditating and chanting Om, she also really really likes cheeseburgers. And though beer bongs and sun salutations don't usually go hand in hand (especially in that order), this blog is evidence that a person can live happily doing both. She learned in her yoga teacher training that life is simply about maximizing the experience of being human. And, that's what's happening here.