My Journey with Yoga

Yoga, like life, is a never ending journey. There is always more to explore and more to learn. Below is how my journey began and where it has led me so far.

My journey started about 6 years ago. I wanted to engage in some sort of exercise to keep myself active and hopefully, to improve the condition of chronic constipation that I have been suffering for years.

My first yoga instructor was my mum’s friend. She led the class through various yoga contortions and strange breathing patterns that would occasionally cause me to giggle self consciously. I wasn’t sure exactly what yoga style she was teaching. Back then I didn’t even think to ask, yoga was yoga right? My yoga journey with her ended just after 10 classes. I was actually looking for a more physically intensive exercise workout, At that point, I felt that yoga was too slow and it was about stretching, balancing and twisting, Since then, I had stopped going for any yoga classes and started running instead.

After about 3 years later, a friend of mine asked me to join her for yoga classes at a nearby community centre. Since I was really bored with my only exercise workout which was running, I decided to go for yoga classes again. It was a Hatha yoga class, a slow-paced stretching class with some breathing exercises and basic poses. I love the relaxing feeling that I had after the class. Strangely, it was a totally different feeling that I have experienced from my very first yoga class. After completing 8 classes at the centre, I decided to include yoga as part of my exercise routine. Soon after, I got myself a gym membership to continue with my yoga practice. From there, I discovered other yoga styles like astanga yoga, hot yoga etc. I could still remember that one yoga instructor kept telling this to the class, “Pain is your friend, do enjoy the pain.”

With regular practice, I can see the rewards of seeing my body stretch and reach new ranges of motion which is a great achievement for me. Gradually, I developed a passion for yoga. I would seriously recommend giving this a shot if you’re stressed out or if you just want a new challenge in life.