Build Strength Through Yoga
When I began practicing yoga, I had no idea the journey I was about to embark on. I liked the workout and the incredible feelings I had after class. I remember thinking, Why do I love doing yoga so much? What is it about this practice that is so healing and liberating? I continued practicing, using yoga as an outlet from the daily stresses of life, but it wasn’t long before my yoga practice went from once in awhile to nonexistent. I was living in New York City living a very busy, saturated life. I was a makeup artist, beauty consultant, singer-songwriter, and performer, so you can imagine how crazy and busy my life was running from gigs to photo shoots to auditions and then to the gym to blow off steam from the day and lose myself in intense cardio workouts. Two years ago my fast-paced lifestyle came to a sudden stop. I was riding on the back of a motorcycle with my fiancé when we slid and crashed. I endured a knee injury that caused me to be immobile for months, which meant no more work and no more multi-tasking. I couldn’t even walk to the bathroom on my own. I felt helpless and sunk into a deep depression. The feelings of not being in control of my body and not being able to work or do anything on my own left me feeling empty. After being released from the hospital, I spent day after day on my couch in a lot of physical pain. I remember my fiancé saying, “You have all this time for yourself, and you need to rest and let your body heal. Although you are in pain and cannot walk, you can choose how you want to use this time.” It was then that I realized I need to be grateful for this time that has been given to me, and use it for my own personal growth. Due to being comfortable in my busy lifestyle, I had never had time to reflect on myself or find peace in being still in my body and in my mind. I relied so much on life’s distractions that I never truly spent time reflecting on myself. I began to research yoga and spirituality, and it wasn’t long before my perspective on life began to change.