My very first official encounter with yoga was in 2013. I remember the rollercoaster it felt like I was stuck on, where the ride is so exhilarating you don’t want to get off but its making feel parts of your inside you didn’t know existed you want off that ride immediately. I’m glad I stuck it out because the next year I got my first yoga teacher certificate and so the journey began. I met the wonderful Skye at one of the camps I work with and when she told me about her plan to bring empowerment, mindfulness and strengthen the culture of ‘girl power’ I definitely wanted to be part of the experience and yoga’s one of the tools to be used and taught by yours truly there was no way i was passing that opportunity.
Teaching those wonderful girls for the week was nothing like i would have imagined, i wanted and desired for the girls to have a personal experience with the practice and for them to go home with skills they could apply to their own daily practice and the truth is it didn’t happen quite that way. WE don’t have the opportunities other girls do nor are we always encouraged to try new things that society perceives as things for a certain demographic, so the biggest challenge was getting the girls to open themselves to new things that have the potential to heal and strengthen them holistically.
Seeing them transform from day to day where they got past doing yoga because it was on the program but to wanting to do it for themselves was the best part of each day and getting to share that magnificent space of growth with the girls was even better. Each time I’ve taught yoga over the last few years no experience has been like any other and nor would I want it to be. I find a piece of myself each time I connect with others in such spaces and can only hope they open up a little to themselves with each asana because its more than just movements. Breathe. Be present. Yoga is for everyone.