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I’ve gotten a lot of questions lately about how I got started with my yoga practice…who I follow, where I go and all that jazz. So I thought I’d post my yoga story here and answer all those questions…
I started yoga about 2 years ago when I was going through a very tough time in my life. I was stressed, dealing with anxiety, and really depressed. I’m not a big person to begin with but I was dropping weight quickly and was basically a hot mess. And I didn’t really have an outlet to deal with any of that, which wasn’t helping.
I don’t know how I stumbled upon Candace’s blog but I did. And I remember thinking to myself that she could totally be my bestie (which is something I still totally believe) and so I did one of her yoga videos. I was a total newbie and I’m sure if anyone had been watching, they would have been laughing at my expense (totally fine BTW) but doing that yoga video was just what I needed. Afterwards, I felt happy, something I hadn’t felt for a long time.
So I continued on for a year or so, following Candace and doing ALL THE YOGA VIDEOS. And while Candace puts out a ton of content and new videos weekly, it wasn’t fast enough for me. I was doing the same videos over and over and had stopped growing in my practice. So I branched out a little and subscribed to One O Eight and also started following Bad Yogi who could also be my bestie.
My advice to you, if you’re looking to start yoga is to find someone you connect with. Not every yoga teacher is going to be for you. I HIGHLY recommend Yoga by Candace (and her book Namaslay), Bad Yogi and One O Eight. I love all three equally and for many different reasons. I now have been doing yoga for 2 years and am looking at getting my teacher certification next year. It’s helped me grow as a person and has helped tremendously with my stress, anxiety, and depression.
What’s important to remember is everyone’s yoga journey is different. Yoga isn’t about the perfect pose or arm balances or hitting a handstand. It’s about your journey to discovering who you are and loving yourself. It’s about finding your happy and growing as a person. And it’s something I recommend to everyone to do a few times a week. Yoga has taught me more about myself than I ever thought I’d learn. So don’t be afraid to try new things…you just might surprise yourself.