Healing through yoga

I was first introduced to Yoga around 15 years ago. It was at one of the local community centres. During that time, I wanted to follow my peers and be active hence I joined them. After 16 sessions, I’ve completed the term and stopped going to yoga.

About 7 years later, I wanted to be active again but hated cardio exercises hence decided to give yoga a try and turn out that I pretty like it and went on to sign up for a year member with Pure Yoga. Shortly, I was pregnant with my 2nd child and have to cut down on my choice of classes. After my second child was born, I hardly have time for myself so I stopped going yoga. It was hard juggling with work and a new born. Then came my 3rd child hence my focus was family.

Early this year, I decided to give Zumba a try after persuasion from my neighbours. I didn’t quite like it. So my neighbours suggested Yoga. I was on the fence as I was tired and aching everywhere. What if I don’t like it or half-hearted again. I rather be off sleeping or accompanying my family.

One fine morning, I just have this feeling that I should give it another shot thus I agreed with my neighbours to start off once a week for 8 lessons and hired Rachel from Tirisula Yoga to teach us. I felt so good after the first lesson that I fall back in love right away. I found myself googling to find out more about yoga and the classes being offered locally so that I can go for more classes weekly. I’ve also learnt that it will help to alleviate my constant right heel ache and right lower backache (sometimes it gets so bad that I can’t walk).

After some research, I’ve decided to go back to pure yoga as the centres are near my work place and I could go for yoga during lunch time and not on the expense of my family time. I was contemplating to sign up for membership as I don’t know if I will be discipline enough but I was glad I made the choice. Weeks after I start my classes, (going to yoga 3-5x a week), gone are my heel ache and lower back ache. I shared with my buddy, Silvy (who is a yogi for years) that I’m very impressed with the power of Yoga.

Then one Saturday, I was at the Hougang library with my children. They were exploring the kids section and to the corner of my eye, some yoga books were on the table display. It was the theme for the week. I felt like it was calling for me to reach out to the books and one particular book caught my eye, Yoga for a happy back by Rachel Krentzman. Hence I proceeded to borrow it. Shortly after I started to read it, I was full of intrigue and eager to learn more. I told Rachel about it and to my surprise, she shared that there is a TTC buddy programme going on in Tirisula.

I shared with Silvy on the programme and she was very interested as well. So here we are, on the journey to learning more about the science and the power of Yoga. I can’t tell you how grateful I am that I have stopped going for therapy and acupuncture. And I am thankful that I didn’t give in to my doubts and proceeded for my calling.

Nerissa Kok