As adults we have these ideas of how we think things should play out, expectations of what should be.
As a form of meditation, exercise and relaxation that requires absolutely nothing, yoga breaks down those barriers.
You don’t have to have a yoga mat or blocks, the right yoga clothes or even a yoga studio to practice. The beauty of yoga is you can practice anywhere, and anyone can do it.
Being a certified yoga teacher in a town with no yoga studio hasn’t stopped me. It has actually pushed me outside of my comfort zone and forced me to be creative.
The first place that I started to use as a “studio space” was our local park here in Fairmont. It’s the perfect setting, if you think about it: open space, fresh air, quiet, beautiful and peaceful.
All you really need is the passion to push your dream forward to make something come to life. When you are open to thinking outside of the box the possibilities are endless. I have partnered with the local college, gyms, art studios and businesses to teach classes and have found that when you bring something positive to the community, the people will support you no matter where your classes are held.
I’ve found that people actually enjoy seeing what else I can come up with. It keeps it fresh, exciting, and, more importantly, fun! Isn’t that what life is all about? Adapting to your surroundings and making the best of whatever it is that lies in front of you.
My advice to anyone searching for the right yoga class is to start online, ask around, and keep an open mind. A lot of gyms and colleges offer at least one or two classes a week. Find a friend that you know has practiced yoga before and tag along with them for the first time.
All you need to get started is an open mind and a little time. Dedicate at least an hour of your week to practicing wherever you may find yourself, and make the best of it.
Your mind, body and spirit will most certainly thank you.