Where do I even start with this one? First and foremost, this was a personal passion piece brought to fruition by many contributors by one major thing we all shared in common - our mutual love for yoga. Many thanks and namaste's to my teachers and friends - Whitney Allen, Joe Kara, Mary Beth LaRue, Mia Togo and Sarah Ezrin. Without your contribution (and not just to the article, rather my life), this all would be pretty fruitless.
If you only know me from my writing and the world of social media, you probably know that I love yoga because I post about it often. If you know me personally, you definitely know that I love yoga either because we're mat mates or I have personally asked you when you're going to come to a class with me (no really, when are you coming to class with me?). Given how I have consciously structured my life over the last two years with my work, yoga can represent a social outing for me. When you work from home most days in the introverted fashion as I do, being around any people at all becomes a social outing. In shorter words, mat mates = best friends.
When I started the collaboration conversation with VoyageLA, my editor was the one who said "You should write about yoga." To be super clear, I'm not a certified yoga teacher or anyone who has done any major studying of the sutras. I am simply a yoga practitioner that has witnessed great change within myself since incorporating the practice into my life. To say I was a bit timid to take this on is an understatement.
Around the time I began crafting out the piece, a friend reminded me of why I write in the first place - to share my stories to ignite inspiration. Then VoyageLA told me they wanted to make it the feature for December. Wow, what a blessing I didn't see coming! (I must have tapped into Joe Kara's Humble AF energy.) The day it published, my editor said, "I hope we inspire many Angeleno's!" In my writing, that's all I ever hope for.
This is my yoga story and it truly is a Journey Of A Lifetime.