Almost two years ago on October 14, 2011, I took my first yoga class. In a few short days on September 7, 2013, I will embark on my first yoga teacher training class!
Yoga was not a natural choice for me. I actually had an aversion to it after a brief encounter with a few yogis as a freshman in college many, many moons ago. Luckily for me and my body and my family and my friends, I let go of my negative first impressions and finally tried yoga at the ripe, young age of 39.
To say that I am happy with myself for taking that initial leap would be an understatement. I thank myself often for flushing my negativity about yoga down the proverbial toilet. If you’re interested in learning more about how and why I was able to do that, you can read my article online at Places to Yoga:
Overcoming Yoga Phobia by Paula Carrasquillo
In addition to writing in the past for Places to Yoga (above) and elephant journal (here), I currently contribute actively to my other blog and my column Living Inside Out Loud over at The Washington Times Communities.
(Needless to say, I like to write. It’s an outlet, and I’d like to think I’m good at it and won’t bore you.)
I specifically created this blog to chronicle the next chapter in my ever-changing life: my 200-hour, yoga teacher training journey which will hopefully take me deeper into my practice.
With my writing on this blog, I hope to motivate and influence someone (maybe many someones) out there to try yoga, continue practicing and maybe even consider becoming a yoga instructor, too, one day.
I am a very yoga-centric person. If you were to ask my close family and friends and even the followers of my other blog about me and yoga, they might start with something like, “Paula thinks yoga is the cure for everything.”
I can say that they are half right.
Yoga has definitely had a positive impact on my life and my faith and spirituality. By no means do I want to push my practice upon anyone. I must admit, however, that I do have a problem with asking everyone in ear shot Have you ever tried yoga? about as often as some people say hum and um when speaking in public.
(It’s a habit I don’t know if I’m capable of breaking.)
If you found my blog by accident (or if I succeeded in twisting your arm enough for you to follow the link I shoved on your news feed), I hope you consider “following” and contributing to the conversation. I look forward to sharing and learning with you all.
Class begins in three days. See you soon!
© 2013 Paula Carrasquillo and A Yogini Transformed.