Fitness Journey Part 1, the early years

Each of us comes to a fitness journey for different reasons. I will take you through mine (the Reader’s Digest version).

In my teens, I was not active outside of occasional bike ride or walk. I was also a paunchy teen, and did not eat well at all. I was first introduced to fitness in my early 20s, joining a gym through work and I loved it! I liked the changes I could see in my body and the improved health and sense of self. I also learned to eat better, quit smoking and keep active as much as possible. Clothes fit better and compliments felt great!

As I approached my 30’s, I learned I had Ulcerative Colitis (UC for those of us who are warriors of IBD). UC is a disease of the digestive system, specifically the colon, that causes lots of nasty things that I won’t go into detail about. I was on many different meds and Prednisone (steroids) which caused me to gain a lot of weight and not feel good at all. After a few years of this madness, I learned to eat differently and control the UC with diet, some meds and exercise. So once again began a fitness journey, weight loss and so on. I once again felt and looked great!

I found Yoga in 2006 after some business dealings went bad. I was very unhappy and having a lot of anxiety. Yoga helped me to control the crazy and calm my mind, while also moving my body in new ways. I never felt better! I was a regular student in yoga classes (4-6 days/week) and loved everything Yoga did for me. In 2014, I was approached by one of my favorite teachers to consider teaching. This was never on my radar and was quite flattered by the suggestion.

After a lot of thought, I decided to take the plunge and took Yoga Teacher Training in early 2015. I entered the training without thoughts of actually teaching, but realized that it was something I was being called to. After completing the training, I hit the ground running, teaching 12-15 classes per week. I loved it! The energy, the breath and movement. Not to mention giving the gift of Yoga to my students. Yoga is something I will always have with me no matter age, fitness, injury-I can move and breathe in different ways to quiet my mind.

I can guide you through private or group classes.

Stay tuned for part 2, Personal Training…

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