I first became interested in yoga as a source of exercise. I had heard that yoga was great for toning and building strength and I was searching for something less grueling than the exercise regime that I had been putting my body through. I'm 55 years old and have always exercised to stay in shape however now I'm also trying the minimize the effects of aging. Yoga seemed like a softer yet still challenging addition to my efforts. When a couple of the girls in my office found Sacred Garden, this cool little yoga studio about 5 minutes from our office, I decided to join them and check it out.
I never expected that yoga would offer mental and emotional benefits. Something just happens when you concentrate on your breath while at the same time consciously moving your body. You somehow get to know yourself in a whole different way. Practicing yoga has made a huge difference in how I react to most every situation. I am calmer, a little more confident, a lot less reactive to stressful situations and just simply more aware of how I feel both physically and emotionally.
I also never expected that I would find the community of people that I found at Sacred Garden. Folks who accept you for who you are, what you're going thru and where you're at. People willing to help and encourage you. People who don't judge whether your poses are perfect but who help you figure out a way to make it perfect for you.
I have been practicing for about a year now and learn something new with each class I take. I'm glad I found yoga and Sacred Garden.