Guest blog by Yogasteya member Donna Noble.
My love affair with yoga has been a very slow affair – almost like a gentle courtship.
It began many years ago when a friend of mine saw a picture of Madonna with her leg behind her head, and suggested we give it a try. She was very up on all the celebrity trends.
Mats were ordered and we were lucky enough to work with a Trainee Yoga Teacher who offered us some classes. I couldn’t help but wonder, ‘what was I getting myself into?“. At this time, yoga was not as trendy as it is now. I found the classes enjoyable but I could take it or leave it. Luckily, however, I decided to take it.
I continued my love affair with a 6-week beginners course, mostly because I didn’t want to end up in a class where students like Madonna were putting their legs behind their heads (although this is something I am currently working on ironically enough!).
My love for yoga was very fickle at this stage, and I felt like it was not worth fighting for. Instead, I decided to continue my studies and I felt I would be too busy to stay committed. So I dumped yoga without so much as a second thought. In hindsight, of course, continuing yoga would have been the smart thing to do!
My life continued without yoga, although I experimented with numerous fitness trends. But nothing could compare to, or even replace, what yoga had given me.
And then magically, without ever really seeking it, yoga came back into my life like an old lover. When it arrived, I welcomed it back with open arms (like I had a choice).
This old devil called ‘love’ –oops sorry ‘yoga’- began to change my life. It started to get under my skin, and before long, I was hooked. My curiosity awakened and I embarked on two Teacher Training courses. This love affair was so profound I began to live like a yogini (well for a little while anyway). I gave up meat and TV for two weeks, which was a big deal to me back in those days, I can assure you!
This time around, my love affair with yoga started to help me get to know the real me. It brought back balance and order into my life. Our relationship started to change me beyond my wildest dreams. I left the corporate world behind, and traveled to America to live in a ‘yoga bubble’ for 6 months (even though I had only anticipated being away for 9 weeks!). I even ended up spreading my heart to new corners of the world, as I left a little bit of it with the people in Texas.
My confidence began to grow as I began living life more from my heart, and less from my mind. I was starting to blossom, just like in any good, healthy relationship.
Now, each and every day I am growing to love myself more and more – as well as growing in my love for this thing called yoga! At times, it can be an all-consuming love, in the very best of ways. Of course it’s not always perfect – we still occasionally fall out of love of love from time to time… but never for long! We always make up and put the past behind us.
I know for certain I am passionate about yoga, and that our courtship is one that will last a lifetime, and perhaps even many lifetimes to come. It has had such a profound impact on me, and I have witnessed many of the same profound impacts left on others as well. I will always be truly in love with yoga, and I look forward to watching our relationship grow and expand!
What is your relationship with your yoga practice? How did you fall in love with yoga, and how do you keep the spice alive? What are some of the ways in which your yoga practice has positively changed? I’d love to hear your love story!
Donna is a Yoga Specialist, Radio Host and Coach from London, UK. She likes to socialize and enjoys Salsa, and is passionate about all things yoga! She firmly believes that Yoga is for every body and everybody. Donna is Certified with the Yoga Alliance, British Wheel of Yoga as well as a Certified Master Practitioner of NLP and Hypnotherapy. She teaches various forms of yoga including Pregnancy, Postnatal, Vinyasana flow and Bikram yoga. She incorporates well=being techniques within her classes, helping to bring about mind and body connection. Check out more of her writing on her website, by visiting http://www.thenobleartofyoga.co.uk. Connect with her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.