The last few months I've spent a majority of my weekends studying to be a teacher for something that I love....YOGA! This past weekend, my formal training came to a close, and I've spent some time reflecting back on everything I've learned and how this experience has changed me, and I wanted to share some of that with you.
I should start by saying a huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported me over these last few months, especially my hubby. It certainly wasn't easy being away from my boys so often and we had so much help and support, I feel so thankful and blessed!
I started doing yoga soon after I graduated college at a studio in Delray Beach, FL. It was a way to cross-train with running and something new to mix in with my workouts. I was instantly addicted. After moving to Tampa, I found a studio that was close to my house and was able to further my practice. I never really thought that eventually I would train to become a teacher myself. Having a dance background, I always loved the way that yoga increased my flexibility and was still a challenging workout. When I was pregnant with Vincent, prenatal yoga classes were my savior. The classes gave me energy and helped me stay active. The last year or so, I found myself wanting more, and started to look into local teacher training programs. And that's where it all began....
I found my home at Bella Prana Yoga Studio in South Tampa. April through August 2015 I was immersed in learning so much more about the practice that I had come to love. One of the things that I love about yoga is that it is physical, mental and spiritual practice. I learned more about myself in the last few months than I have in a long time. I am a lot stronger than I ever thought I was. I learned to slow down, and what truly is important in life. Throughout the training I was pushed out of my comfort zones and met some of the most amazing souls that I now have a lifelong bond with. I learned about meditation, and the science behind it and why it works. Your breath is one of the most important things your body does. You can function without some organs, but you can not function without your breath. I learned that your breath can help guide you through your practice. Yoga works, and it can work for anyone! I still have so much to learn, but am so excited to see where this experience will take me. I can't wait to share my love of yoga and see who it is able to connect me with.
All of my Bella Prana Family!
If there's any advise that I can give you, I would say to follow your dreams, even when they seem impossible!! If you are doing something you love, it will be one of the most amazing experiences of your life!
Feeling great, almost four months along and my energy is coming back! I get to hear the baby's heartbeat this week and can't wait! It is going by so fast, I know that February will be here before we know it. At 14 weeks Baby Flo #2 was the size of a lemon. At 15 weeks he/she is the size of an orange, clearly we are going through the tropical phase.