The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.
I first discovered yoga in 2008 when as a result of over-training, injuries, and a period of stress I felt like I needed a change and wanted something different than my usual fitness routine of going to the gym.
I began with Bikram (the really intense hot one) and soon after I moved into Vinyasa (some call it power) and this stuck. At the the time, having been a bit of a gym rat (yes...I did teach "aerobics" back when it was still called that) I wanted my yoga to be both a workout and good for stress. What I didn't expect, and what now keeps me coming back to the mat is how the regular practice of yoga creates and increases mindfulness, self-awareness and confidence, and as such what you do or think or notice when you're on the mat, can then be applied to various aspects of your real life (and can really help to transform your life for the better!).
Eventually, what had become an interest and a hobby had slowly turned into a passion and I finally had the confidence to leave my career which I found deeply unsatisfying and where I had reached a stage of burnout. I had worked in the Education sector for many years (as a Teacher and Senior Manager), and even though this is a fairly "comfortable" job which has a certain amount of job security, I was no longer inspired, the system had got the better of me, and I felt like there should be more to life. So in 2010, I made the decision to leave behind the career I had spent over 12 years building, and step into uncharted waters.
I didn’t have complete clarity of my game plan, but I knew that I wanted to work with people in creating healthier and more fulfilling lives. In that same year I became a Yoga Teacher and began my studies as a Nutritional Therapist. I am now a BANT registered Nutritional Therapist, Yoga Teacher, and Health Coach.
In yoga, a teacher often speaks of coming to your edge in a pose. Essentially, this means to move beyond your comfort zone because that is the place where the greatest amount of growth, learning, and development happens. This can be a really scary place to be in and is not without its challenges! I have fallen on my face many times (both literally and figuratively).
However, success isn't without its challenges. Falling builds strength and teaches us many of the lessons we need to learn so that we are able to succeed in our goals and ambitions.
I truly believe that if there are areas in your life where you are dissatisfied, and you want to create something new and more fulfilling, then to be able to do that, you have to leave the comfort zone behind...and Embrace Your Edge. ;-)