In ancient times, a seeker of yoga would sit, with dedication, on the doorstep of a yoga master until the teacher would agree to train him. Still today, there is a saying that the right teacher arrives when the student is ready.”

1,0001 Pearls of Yoga Wisdom by Liz Lark

It must have been my time, my time to find yoga.

Just a little over a month ago, I decided to venture out from Pilates and my typical fitness routine and try a yoga class with my friend Angie. We went to one class and loved it. We had to come back for more. (Many yoga studios have first time student rates, for example, where you can try out the practice for $30 with 30 days of unlimited yoga.)

So we did just that, 30 days of unlimited yoga. We started very basic and became a little daring each week, trying new classes like Flow 1, Cardio Flow and then Hot Yoga.

More than a month in, I am now a member at my local yoga studio and am already seeing progress in my practice.

But for all you yogis out there, you know, yoga goes beyond the mat. I am finding more clarity in some of the philosophies I already carried, leading a life where I challenge myself but keep myself and my mind happy and content — feeling grateful for my achievements and blessings — at the same time, opening myself up to a new way of dealing with stress

Yoga is the giver of untold happiness.”

-Bhagavad Gita (400-300 BCE), India

I have always been a firm believer that you make your own happiness and that each day you make a decision to be happy. Yoga has helped me hone that belief and target my happiness and feelings of being grateful for my amazing life.

It has also let me target my belief to face challenges head on and push myself regularly, both on and off my mat.

Wellness, for me, involves not only your body and mind, but also your diet. Yoga, like most other forms of exercise, causes me to want to eat better, while remaining happy and still enjoying food.

Following a middle path — neither fiercely denying life’s pleasures nor completely indulging in them — is a tremendously energizing discipline. Draw inspiration by remembering that this is the path that the Budda took.”

1,0001 Pearls of Yoga Wisdom by Liz Lark

So if you have been contemplating trying yoga, DO IT! It never hurts to try something new! I also encourage you to find a good teacher, someone who will guide you through your practice, help you learn from scratch, introduce you to new poses as you are ready and teach you about the ancient practice of yoga along the way.

I know I cannot wait to read up more on the topic as well. My first yoga book that I quoted in this article — 1,0001 Pearls of Yoga Wisdom by Liz Lark — was a great starter for me.

Remember to Rise and Shine!

It doesn’t matter if things aren’t perfect. Your practice is your time to feel alive, loved and free.