The path led me to Yoga is full of tales that are best told over a large glass of Red Wine. When you walk around the world with a hair-doo like the one I'm sporting in that picture, you KNOW the story has to be a good one! But in short, a few years ago I went through a period of loss that helped me realize that while I had done some pretty remarkable things with my life, I had yet to take that oh so important journey inward. But during my first yoga class, as my body struggled mightily for 90 minutes to move, twist and bend forwards & backwards on my fancy $2 rental mat, I heard the instructor say the words 'focus your Drishti' and 'find your breath' over and over again…that was the day my journey inward had officially begun.
The only form of I exercise I'd do in my twenties, was to reach out with one arm to set down my slice of pizza, while using my other arm to set the remote control down, then I'd use my legs to lift my butt off of the sofa and walk me to the fridge to grab myself a can of Coke. I am so grateful that I chose a different path. I love that the Asana practice has not only brought strength and flexibility to my body but it has also given me the gift of stillness. And that's really what the true essence and brilliance of Yoga is all about.
So wherever you are, whoever you are, regardless of your age or your body size or your perception of your body size, whether you're flexible or as stiff as a board (like I was!) I encourage you, whole-heartedly, to be brave, step onto a mat 'focus on your Drishti' and 'find your breath.'