I was first introduced to yoga, as many people probably are, through physical/exercise classes. I had done some self-practice with a book I had been given as a present and found a few classes to attend. I began attending more frequent classes when I moved near a gym which had a good teacher whose classes I really enjoyed. At this time I was predominantly practicing hatha yoga as this was all I knew.
It was during this time that I was rushed to hospital with chest pains and diagnosed with myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) I was kept in hospital for a week and put on blood pressure medication to reduce the swelling. After this happened I kept away from excercise to try to “rest” my heart as much as I could to help it get better. Luckily my heart recovered without any lasting damage but it took me a lot longer to deal with it mentally and I didn’t return to yoga (or any exercise) for quite some time.
Eventually I went back to yoga nearly 2 years ago. I did a lot of self-practice following classes on YouTube from teachers like Cat Meffan and Annie Clark. After some time I developed better self-practice in the vinyasa flow style but something was missing and I went back to yoga classes. I found Helen Faliveno at You Are Here Studio through Instagram and started attending her classes as she finished her yoga teacher training. The structure of a class, the hands-on adjustments and ability to get deeper into postures were just what was missing. I began attending the same class each week along with my self-practice. I found myself becoming more involved in other aspects of yoga with meditation becoming a regular practice.
It was at this time I left my job and went travelling for a bit. I went to different classes in different countries with lots of different teachers and yoga became a big part of my life. My physical yoga practice is now almost daily with a mix of self-practice (most days), online videos (once or twice a week) and classes (2-3 times a week).
I decided in my break between finishing travelling and starting university I would do yoga teacher training to further my knowledge and own yoga practice. I would also be able to teach alongside studying to become a nutritionist.
My yoga teacher training with YogaLondon was more than I ever imagined it would be. I learnt so much but also found there is so much more to learn. Although I may now be a yoga teacher I will forever be a yoga student! Yoga is a huge part of my life and has helped me find a more healthy and content life. I am so glad I am able to share this with others and hopefully help others to find the magic that is yoga!