Day 1 | How It Began - Ytt

Today I start my yoga teacher training program through Lifetime Fitness. For the next three months I hope to document this period of my life, so I can look back and reflect on this important experience. I hope you all can enjoy the ride as well!

An excerpt from my personal story I had to write for class,

"My yoga story began when I was 15 years old, while driving home with my mother, we spotted a new local business opening up down the street. Both of us had never heard of yoga before and had no idea what we were in store for. Immediately upon entering the room we felt a sense of calm and tranquility in the room, displaying on farthest wall, a large mural painted with palm trees swaying in the wind along a serene beach. This was definitely the most unique work out facility I had ever experienced. Paired with my ingrained sense of curiosity and my mothers willingness to try new things, we decided to sign up for a class with this peppy young blonde yogi who just radiated happiness as she spoke with us about the art of yoga.
Soon enough we were going to her classes 4 times a week, then a week turned into a monthand that month turned into months of unlimited classes and hours of diving into this new lifestyle. I began to cultivate everything experienced on the mat, bringing it into my daily life, which changed how I view the world and helped morph me into the person that I am today. 
Countless VHS tapes were watched and re-watched with my eyes glued to the screen, of yogis performing moves and poses which I never imagined would be possible to achieve.
I remember seeing one yogi in particular on the cover of my VHS tape, a petite brunette ever so gracefully holding a pose which looked impossible to me, (which I now know is calledhandstand scorpion pose) I thought it was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. Achieving this pose will and has been one of my ultimate goals I’d like to achieve during my yoga journey (on a side note, I’d really like gain flexibility in my low back, so if we could work on that, that would be great) :)

Over the last 11 years I have gone through many periods of practicing quite frequently or not practicing at all, but despite everything that happens in life, I always seem to find my way back to the mat.
And now, I find myself taking a large leap into the exciting unknown, this next personal achievement of becoming a yoga teacher.
My belief is that the world, in all of its lovely chaos has directed me towards this path. Right here, right now, in this moment, this is where I am supposed to be." 

Pepper & I {2-19-2016}

Pepper & I {2-19-2016}