20 Oct So Much More Than a Good Stretch!
If you thought yoga was just exercise or a good stretch, read these beautiful, brave words from our lovely Sutherland Yoga teacher, Kerryelle, about what yoga means to her;
My journey to yoga
I was searching for something, at the time I couldn’t articulate what it was, but there was a gap, a space in my life that wasn’t being filled, a feeling of discontent, incompleteness. I was caught in a repetition of damaging patterns that had become ingrained in my life and I felt trapped by it… when I looked in the mirror I wasn’t sure I liked who I was, and where I was… I was unhappy, but why? On the face of it, I had so much to be grateful for, and I was grateful, but this feeling of ill ease and discontent hung over me like a cloud on a sunny day. Over a period of a few months, I started having a recurring dream about yoga (plow pose – one day you will be mine!) and my search led me to a yoga challenge…
I had ‘dabbled’ in yoga for years but played on the edges of commitment, never really allowing myself to fully explore beyond the physical practice. Committing to a 40 day period of meditation and yoga practice changed my life… I found I could quiet my anxious brain, stop overthinking the small stuff, stop listening to the tangents my brain would head off on about life, the stories the ego mind wove about the future. I stopped wasting time and energy on what ifs, and found presence in the now. I also began to understand how trauma and stress were held by my body (to quote Shakira, ‘the hips don’t lie!’), and I started to release an accumulation of years of this. For the first time in my adult life, I felt 100% present in my body.
They say that everything happens for a reason, and I believe the reason yoga came to me at the time that it did was to prepare me for the year I have had in 2016. This year my ability to stay in the present moment has been severely challenged by the loss of my beloved Dad to suicide. It would be so easy to revert back to the anxious mind, the what ifs, focusing on what I could have, should have done, to somehow avert this tragedy. The weight of an event like this could so easily destroy you, but yoga has been fundamental in keeping me positive and happy, and in the present moment. Presence is a daily, hourly, minute by minute practice, and some days are easier than others, but I have found, I cannot be the best version of me when I don’t take the time to nourish my soul and body with my yoga practice. We honour those we love, and ourselves by taking the time for this.
In yoga, I have found a community of beautiful souls who have enriched my life in ways I cannot begin to articulate and I am so grateful for you all. I have found a peace and acceptance of myself that I have previously never had.
A lovely yogi I know said, ‘we are all 100% complete the way we are, we have everything we need within us…’ words to live by…
Namaste lovers of light xx
Kerryelle teaches at 6pm and 7.30pm on a Monday evening at Sutherland Yoga. And we couldn’t be happier about it!