Ashley Brand via Crowdrise
September 11, 2012
In a hot summer month, in a brand new city thousands of miles from home, I found myself standing in a yoga studio searching to open my mind to a new level of spiritual health. Yoga in my eyes at that moment encompassed self-development through consistent dedication. At that time I was unaware of the impact it would have on my life and how much my heart would fly forward towards the daily practice of insight, transformations, discovery and creative passions. I feel truly blessed every day I am on and off my mat, filled with gratitude towards everything this practice has shown me and is teaching me on a daily basis.
“After the demands of the ego and its greed surrendered, the struggle for fulfillment of personal desires lessens; life takes on a new zest like a breath of fresh air.” -Swami Sivananda Radha
As a former athlete and personal trainer I loved the idea of experiencing a new way to become increasingly healthy. It took me less than a full week of Baptiste Yoga practice to see that what was going on in my mind and body were much greater than just my sweat hitting the dark blue mat. I was developing an overwhelming passion towards this new presence in my life.
“The purpose of Yoga is to facilitate the profound inner relaxation that accompanies fearlessness. The release from fear is what finally precipitates the full flowering of love.” - Eric Schiffmann
My mind was opening, new possibilities were forming, relationships in a brand city, 16 hours from my original home, were blossoming. I for the first time in my life felt empowered with the ability to manifest my destiny and my future. I truly felt like I could make no mistakes, only new experiences. My only mistake could have been not to open my heart, root down and rise up towards my new passageway to an even more fulfilling life. I started sensing a new purpose and a new light towards something much bigger than myself and started focusing on the elements of new goals, dreams, and ideas with some of the most incredible, most endearing and inspiring new friends, teachers, and coworkers that all of whom I have come to known by chance. I am very thankful for you all.
“When you live your life with an appreciation of coincidences and their meanings, you connect with the underlying field of infinite possibilities.” -Deepak Chopra
The building blocks of my dreams have always stood rooted in the ground as a passion to becoming an ever evolving great leader and presence. I hope that in some way many people can find a space to be a part of my exhilarating new journey. Grateful could barely lend itself to scratch the surface of the emotion I feel towards support.
My Baptiste Yoga teacher training will provide me with the tools to empower others in a way I feel empowered to make a difference in our world, to teach others to challenge themselves and their bodies in a new fulfilling way. It will help me to shine focus back into people’s life through dedication, hope and commitment, and to experience a new creative passion towards a different way of living life.
Alongside reaching out and touching the lives of people in my community, it is immensely important for me to apply my ability and obligation as a teacher and leader to provide relief to the less fortunate and to encourage them to realize they are not defined by being a victim of circumstance, but only defined by being a beacon a life for the future and what they can grow to be. Spread love.
"When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it." -Paulo Coelho