I used to dislike working out because exercise felt like something people preach to lose weight, to be good for you with little association to what “I” means to you as an individual. For the longest time, I thought “working out” was going to the gym. I secretly hated the repetition and monotony of working with machines counting down the seconds when I could leave. I found it mindless and redundant because the mind was not connected to the body.
I didn’t know how or why, but yoga made me feel differently. It made me work on those very things I was trying to avoid: My true feelings; what I like and dislike. I started small, first dedicating hours, days, and then years to practice; connecting to those feelings without a promise of results or change. Finding it was a full-contact sport, a trial-and-error process.
I no longer made excuses to quit because I knew what I felt to be true. I felt inspired and my body felt great. The action came from me and I didn’t need anyone else’s reason but my own to keep at it, my action ignited passion. Passion pulled me along to practice yoga for 11 years, take 3 teacher trainings, teach 6 classes weekly in the studio, present workshops, boot camps, make YouTube fitness videos and produce FitSphere.
I have always loved sports. As a young girl I played basketball, badminton, got lost hiking and swam everyday. I never thought of it as exercise and looked forward to getting outside spending time with friends. Through fitness I experienced the brain changing effects of exercise and forged a meaningful connection to my body. I still love to do these plus jog, cycle, and yoga with additional coffee and a good meal after.
I don’t believe in making sacrifices to be healthy. I believe in making healthier life choices – those things that make me feel great! Those choices are at the core of my values on how I treat myself and others. Fitness balances my physical, mental and emotional well-being so I can live my truth daily and love my life in the process. Each and every day is healthy day!