Monday, October 24, 2011

Where I Was and Where I am Now (Part II)

Continued from yesterday...

I started practicing every day. I would use my DVD's too, but mainly I was looking to learn more so I started looking for videos on my TV's "On Demand" feature. I found A TON of yoga videos and happily tried a new one each day.

It was there that I stumbled onto a video from Maya Fiennes. It was a clip from her Detox and Destress DVD and I loved it. It was so different than any yoga I had ever tried before and I felt amazing after practicing. This was Kundalini yoga and it's quite different from other types of yoga. I felt almost silly at first doing the chanting and strange breathing, but the way I felt after doing these things far outweighed the strange glances I would get from my husband.

I felt relaxed, energized, peaceful and happy. I am unfortunately a nervous person. I always seem to dreading or fearing something. Kundalini yoga tells me that my nervousness is not something that is just a "part of me", it is an imbalance somewhere in the body. I like that. I REALLY like that. Who wants to walk around like a nervous wreck for the rest of their life? Not me.

I googled Maya Fiennes (if you haven't done this- do it. She's amazing) and looked for anything "Kundalini" that I could find. I found a lot, read a lot, and learned a lot but one thing I couldn't find was a teacher close to my house.

I hope to keep improving my own practice, with a focus on Kundalini and once my 1 year old is old enough for school to become certified myself as a Kundalini yoga teacher- even if I have to travel to do so.

Around the same time I started my daily yoga practice (this time around) I also started a daily meditation practice. I am much better at yoga. I truly have a difficult time meditating but know that I will get better at it if I stick with it. It's only been a daily thing for about 2 months now, and I only have about 15-20 minutes a day to devote to it. I can say that if I am at a level 8 on the stress meter, I can bring it down to a level 6 after  about 15 minutes of meditation. That's a start!

So that's my history in a nutshell. I hope you'll travel along with me on my path. I hope to learn a lot and make lots of new yogi friends. I'm ready for a big change in my life and think that yoga and meditation is the right path for me. Namaste.