wolvesgetfit asked: Hi! I wonder if you could help me; I have really bad anxiety problems and I've heard that yoga helps you to be calm all the time, like really being at peace. Could you explain it to me please and help me with that. Thank you for your help.
I think yoga is a great tool to help with anxiety. Through yoga, we learn how to consciously breathe in the moment. Our breath has the power to change any outcome. Developing a meditation practice, through breath can certainly help. Slow, long, conscious breaths when thoughts/feelings begin to bottle us, can be useful in how we manage stress and anxiety. With a desire of peace, comes practice. Without practice, desire cannot be met. Do you have a local studio you could take classes from? Or have you tried some online classes? There are online classes that you can practice from the comfort of your home to start.
Much love and peace to you.
Thank you for opening yourself and asking this question,
abe-o-kay asked: Hi! I'm starting a teacher training in October and am beyond nervous. I've only done yoga 3 or 4 times in my life but was still encouraged to sign up for the teacher training (especially since i had initially shown interest in it). My fear i suppose is feeling as though I should be more skilled or developed. Did you have any advice on how I could prepare myself for classes and also what the process was like for you during your training? (was it difficult? did you have fun?) ; thank you! - Abeo K
Hello Abeo K,
That is wonderful to jump into a training. It’s an amazing experience. Try not to be concerned with your level of experience, everything happens the way it’s intended. Yoga is not about skill, but about changing our lives through the practice.
When I decided to search for trainings, I was a bit lost. I knew I wanted to find a YTT that would suit me, our family schedule, and one that I felt comfortable with. It was during that time, the studio I had been practicing at for quite some time announced that two teachers would be leading a 200HR YTT. These two teachers just so happened to some of the two most respected in the community as far as love, knowledge, and teaching styles. It just felt right and so I jumped in. Scared, uncertain but open to the opportunity. It was life-changing, felt re-born. We worked through much of the physical and as much of the mental/spiritual, if not more. I have so much respect, gratitude, and love for the people in our YTT. Through challenges, sharing life, tears, laughter, chants, and in breath - it’s one of the most humbling experiences.
And yes, it was FUN!
Go in with an open mind and open heart, your heart will lead the way.