I had first encountered yoga years ago with Wii Fit and it was solely in the interest of doing exercise that didn't make me sweat (which is hilarious now). I took some of the poses off the game into a periodic stretching routine that I could never keep up on a regular basis. I even bought a yoga mat because I was living somewhere with hardwood floors.
Sometime last year while walking to the public library, I noticed a yoga studio incredibly close to our apartment. A friend had mentioned going to yoga classes before and I had been intrigued but never really wanted to take it further than that. Maybe I should go to a studio and try it out? Both she and Trey were supportive of my decision so off I went.
A Monday near the end of June 2015, I got the nerve to walk over and take a beginner class. I bought a new student pass for $30 of one month of unlimited yoga and kept trying out different teachers and classes. Since then, I've gone to at least 3 classes a week and completely fallen in love with this practice and the place.
I'm now capable of doing things with my body I never though possible. I actually have some upper body strength. I can focus on my breath any time and it has a calming effect. I'm a little more capable of being kind and compassionate to myself (just a little). I get up at 5am twice a week. For at least 4 hours of my week, I am present with whatever is going on. I try my damnedest to do it out of a yoga class, but it's something I'm working on. I've even gone to meditation fairly regularly over the past two months (and brought Trey with me!). I'm actually considering completing yoga teacher training. It's in my nature to teach, so how could I not feel drawn to teach others the power of being present with the moment and your body? I'm excited about the potential of working yoga into my role as a librarian, especially with programming in an academic library.
Most importantly, I've recognized yoga is a practice. A practice that helps me see myself and others with more clarity and mindfulness. It's a practice; I'm not perfect at it and I might never be and it's okay.