How Yoga changed my life

How Yoga changed my life

“Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.” B.K.S Iyengar

The first yoga class was very challenging. I could not touch my toes, had to do crow pose (Kakasana) and experienced a face plant for the first time in my life (and many more thereafter). I enjoyed the final pose and that’s none other than savasana (Corpse Pose). I was also convinced that I will not be able to touch my toes and wondered how at least half the students in the class were very flexible.

I was also inspired by my first yoga teacher. She is an alumna from Tirisula Yoga. Subsequently, I did yoga core class for about 2 to 3 times a week. My then-boyfriend (now fiancé) inspired me to go for more yoga sessions. From twice to thrice weekly affair, my visits to the yoga studio became a daily affair. My PCOS improved and the symptoms are gone. I guess yoga helps to relieve stress.

I became stronger and was amazed at how a regular yoga practice made me feel happier and healthier overall. As time passed by, my flexibility improved and now, I can place my hands on the floor and even hug my legs (Yay!). My emotional well-being improved and I appreciate my life much more. From an individual who got depressed and frustrated easily to someone with a positive mindset, confident and happier is a journey itself. A few friends of mine noticed the difference in my personality and perception, and my response to their comments is “Thanks to yoga, my dear friends”.

I tried several kinds of yoga classes – yoga core class, vinyasa, zen yoga, yoga stretch, and ashtanga. Fast forward to 2020, I signed up for yoga teacher training in Tirisula Yoga (due to my love in Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and the Master trainers) to get a better understanding of yoga. The master trainer in the Tirisula Yoga always told me “asana is just a small part of yoga. You are just an asana practitioner by being able to do a lot of asanas and not a yogi. Do not get too upset if you can’t do a posture. These postures will come to you at the right time and when your body is ready”

Diana Pangestu