From the outside, my life seemed picture-perfect. I had a promising career and made it to the company of my dreams, a beautiful place to live and a large social circle.
But here’s the thing. If you’ve lived long enough, you find out that things aren’t always what they seem.
My superpower was the ability to hide how I felt: stressed, exhausted, and constantly depressed and anxious.
As the years went on, my body and mind started to give me warning signals that I wouldn’t be able to keep this up. I constantly ignored and suppressed the signs until the soft beeps turned into loud sirens.
Committing to yoga teacher training was one of the first times I made a decision just for myself and not to please anyone else. It was the start of what would be one of the greatest journeys of my life.
I want to be very clear: focusing on the practice of yoga is not easy.
It has put me face-to-face with my past trauma, unhealthy belief systems, and destructive patterns. I have broken down and sobbed on a mat more times than I can remember.
Although this process has been painful and at times, extremely difficult, yoga has also shown me what’s possible in my life.
I have made such beautiful friendships and cultivated a sense of community. I got the tools to put myself first. I learned to fully love. I discovered how to heal.
Now, I am a trauma-informed yoga teacher with a dedication to making yoga accessible for all bodies and abilities. What I’ve gained in myself, I hope to give back to others.
Instead of feeling constantly empty, there is hope.
I’m crafting the life of my dreams, and yoga helped me get here.
Breathe will be hosting a Yoga Teacher Training Information Session on December 15th. Click here to attend and meet Program Director Margot Stokreef.