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”