Several years ago, I began my journey with yoga. I nervously took my first yoga class and I immediately fell in love with it because of the sense of wellbeing and calmness that lingered after the class. After a few more classes I started to gain confidence and feel better about myself and my body. After more classes, and seeing how I was changing emotionally, mentally and physically, I knew that I also wanted to help others discover the joy and benefits of yoga. Yoga and meditation positively impacts nearly all facets of my life. I am happier, healthier and better equipped to handle the obstacles that life inevitably brings. But I want to do much more than just discover my own happiness.
Research shows that yoga can be very helpful to those recovering from various behavioral, addiction or mental health issues. My dream is eventually to combine traditional substance abuse and addiction treatment methods with the movement, mindfulness and meditation tools of yoga to help those suffering with addiction and mental health. I have already started down this path by pursuing my counseling license in chemical dependency, and by volunteer work teaching yoga at a women’s residential treatment facility—and the women love it!