My first experience with yoga occurred in 2002.  I was working at the head office of an insurance company based in downtown Columbus, Ohio, USA.  In the basement of the office tower was a gym, and I was fortunate to attend the first yoga classes offered there.
 I enjoyed the physicality of the practice, but also the quiet and reflection.  During the opening phase of class, we would lie on our backs and listen, in a position I now know is called ‘Savasana’ and observe ourselves, our breath.  The instructor would say similar things during this time, but finally, one day, the words sank in with a deeper meaning for me.  She said, “Observe, don’t judge.” 
So, I did.  I noticed. I listened. How did I feel?  I just noticed.  For me, it was life transforming.  I went on to realize my heart, at that time, was not in the insurance industry.  I took a brave step to leave work and study for my Masters degree in English, moving away from Columbus.  I decided to supplement my degree by studying for Trinity TESOL (Teaching English as a Second / Other Language) certificate in greater London. It was in this course that I met the man who later became my husband, and then settled in England.
Yoga awakened something in me to observe where I was, and honestly assess what I wanted in my life.  To me, that is the strength of yoga practice – getting in touch with who we are and listening, observing, but not judging.

why practice yoga?

  1. Yoga and Mood
    Yoga and Mood
    In 2010, researchers observed increased GABA levels in yoga participants. Low GABA (gamma-aminobutyri) levels in the brain are linked to depression and anxiety. Through regular yoga practice, participants in the study reported elevated moods, which corresponded to magnetic resonance spectroscopic (MRS) imaging showing an increase in GABA levels. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/198456.php
  2. Mind / Mood
    Mind / Mood
    Mood in Old English (mōd), referred to mind, spirit, and courage