My journey into yoga began with a conversation, one that sparked my interest and eventually ongoing practice of yoga. At the time I was attending the local community college and after talking with a friend I decided to look into taking a class. In my search for a class I discovered a well established instructor by the name of Vicki Johnson. She encouraged me to take classes at the local community college where she taught and I was currently attending, the price was affordable and the class structure ideal for a beginner. It was perfect except I was in the process of transferring to the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) to start my next phase of college life.
It was at UTD that my interest became a reality. One of my instructors informed her class that the Women’s Center, one of the colleges many organizations, was offering a yoga session and she strongly encouraged it, telling us how wonderful she thought yoga was. I sought out the Women’s Center, learned the class series was affordable and my current schedule would accommodate the two additional class each week. Right then, I signed up, paid for the class and thus began my journey into yoga.
At my first class I had an “ah ha” moment. Walking up the instructor was there to meet and greet each of us and the moment she introduced herself as Vicki Johnson I knew I was exactly where I was suppose to be. I truly believe the encounter was divinely inspired and a true gift from God! I love Vicki and she continues to be a great inspiration and teacher in my life.
From that very first class my love and experience of yoga has only grown! I began the Fall of 1998 and in May of 2000 I graduated with honors from UTD with a Bachelor or Arts in Psychology. From there I went on the Massage School, graduated in January of 2001 and began to practice massage. In the Spring of 2001 I began my teacher training with Namaste International, now Namaste USA (at the time I started Vicki assisted the teacher training, now she helps to run it). That same summer I started teaching at our local community college (now Collin College) where my interest first developed. I have a 500 hour Certification with Yoga Alliance. I have studied extensively with Karen Prior and I am certified with Mamaste Yoga to teach prenatal yoga (since 2003). I will soon have a certification with Yoga Alliance in Prenatal Yoga, something new being offered this coming year, 2010.
I have studied many years and with many teachers. My love of yoga grows as I learn more about myself and the world around me. Yoga means union or connection and that is what the practice has done for me. Yoga has help to transform me into a better person, more aware of myself, my environment and others. Yoga has deepened my spiritual connection to my creator and it has strengthened my relationship with Jesus Christ. Yoga has been a source of physical, emotional and mental comfort and it has given me tools to use when life is stressful, overwhelming and painful. The practice of yoga is intended to ease physical, emotional and mental suffering. I can honestly say that is what yoga does for me and that is what I hope to share with others.