"Yoga is like music:
the rhythm of the body,
the melody of the mind,
and the harmony of the soul
create the symphony of life."
Mindfulness Through Yoga and Meditation
My practice in yoga began simply as exercise much like many of us in the Western world. I admit I did not understand or care to know the deeper experience that yoga could provide. It was a personal battle with depression that drove me back to yoga as a source of stress reduction rather than simply exercise. I decided, how better to immerse myself in the depth of what yoga could give me than to begin a program in yoga teacher training. At the time I had no intention of teaching. However, after completion I was compelled to share what I had learned. I have been passionately teaching ever since.
My personal yoga practice and my teaching are based on Raja Yoga, incorporating Asana (poses) and Pranayama (breathwork) as the preparation for meditation practice. I incorporate both Hatha (static poses) and Vinyasa (flow). I use two different methods of meditation depending on how I feel. Either Deepak Chopra's Primordial Sound Meditation or Loving Kindness (Metta) meditation. According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, mindfulness is "paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, without judgement". My study of yoga and meditation opens up every aspect of my life to better health, peace and joy and is a large part of my pursuit of mindfulness.