When I was in my early 20's, I received my first anxiety diagnosis (other doctors since have reconfirmed). Anxiety isn't something that goes away - you learn how to live with it or it rolls you over. The feeling of being rolled over was not fun, so I had no choice - enter learn-to-live-with-it mode.
As I was learning what approaches worked best for me, I discovered the benefits of regular exercise in helping me to manage it. I was always active when I was younger, but never would have been pegged as athletic I didn't play sports and gym class did not inspire me. But something changed - I started to feel that click that comes with pushing yourself and trying new things for yourself (as opposed to the forced gym-class experience). It was during those days that I was first introduced to yoga by my brother. Yoga has been a part of my life in some way since.
In 2019, I found myself feeling a bit lost (and working through some elevated anxiety). There was somethng else I was supoosed to be doing, but I couldn't peg it. I started some serious soul searching. After some time, it dawned on me that the answer was taking my yoga to the next level. Starting on January 12, my journey of the 200-hour yoga teacher training begins. I am excited, nervous, and a range of other feels. What I look most forward to is sharing what I learn with others because I know it has changed my life in incredibly positive ways.
I'm participating in Yoga Reaches Out because I want to help Boston Children's Hospital continue its amazing work for kids and families. Yoga is both this deeply inward and deeply outward experience. I couldn't be more excited to support BCH's mission through this day-long yogathon, where more than 1,200 yogis will come together for an inspirational day of yoga, music, and fundraising - all to help bring peace and healing to others.
This year donations will benefit Boston Children's Wellness Program and Every Child Fund. For more info on the impact visit: https://secure.childrenshospital.org/site/TR?pg=informational&fr_id=2010&type=fr_informational&sid=1198
With that, I am asking for your support - together we can help give strength to familes coping with a sick child. Whether it's your coffee money for the day, or much more, every little bit helps and is greatl appreciated.