Yoga takes us on a journey with ourselves. It is an unknown path to all of us, until you notice you begin to feel different and better than before. There lies the discovery. It is a discovery of self, in a way we could have never imagined. But how are we to know this? We don't, until we begin to create a consistent practice and commitment to ourselves.
When I discovered yoga and began to take classes in 2011, I didn't know what yoga was. I had the opportunity to meet a close friend at a tiny Bikram Yoga studio in San Francisco. I remember it was a sunny day in February. Meeting her there was the only way I would get to see her on her very short visit from New York. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. All I knew was, I wanted to see her and experience something different. And different it was.
Bikram Yoga is a 90 minute heated yoga practice of 2 breathing exercises and 26 postures. It is practiced in a heated room of 105 degrees and 45% humidity. It was HOT! But I was determined to stay with my friend who had been doing this practice for some time. So I went with it. Little did I know I would come out of this experience wanting to explore more. I remember leaving the room feeling the obvious-- sweaty, tired, thirsty, but incredibly amazing. As I quenched my thirst, I felt relaxed and in disbelief I had just stayed in that hot room! I was really in a place of WOW! The class was very challenging and I felt great afterwards. I was hooked and left curious.