I was first drawn to yoga for the flexibility benefits. When I started yoga, I was still competing as an Irish Dancer and I wanted to increase my flexibility for dancing. Well…I gained the flexibility and physical strength that I did not know I had, but it soon became a spiritual practice as well. It was much more than just a practice done on a mat; yoga became a way of life. I began to connect to the teachings in way that felt like I was returning home. It was a slow, gradual change for me, but I began to gain a different perspective in life. I began to see my relationships with people, my surrounding and myself in a different light.
In 2010 I had the opportunity to study with Sri Dharma Mittra and take the 200 HR Teacher Training and totally immerse myself in yoga and the practice. Dharma and what he has created has been so inspiring and it is through his guidance and that of his students that I’ve learned to be a better person for myself and those around me. It hasn’t always been easy, but with perseverance and faith I have begun to see the synchronicity of the world around me. Instead of constantly questioning my role, I’m learning to connect to the inner peace within. Yoga has helped me recognize my fears and limitations and grow as an individual.
I would like to send much love and thanks to Saraswati Om and Lisa Sarick, two of my first yoga teachers, who have shared so much of their experience and knowledge without expectations. They opened my eyes to this path and my only hope is to continue to pass along this practice. I would like to thank all the teachers I have met and the community at the CNY Yoga Center – each one of you has been an experience and a teacher that has provided an opportunity for me to grow and learn.