I wanted to take a moment, and express my gratitude to each member of this thriving community that has helped make this amazing journey possible. Each day brings a new challenge and a new success. The individuals I stand alongside, push me to want more, to be more, and to live this life more fully and honestly - to be whole. People are always asking me, "How do I do it?" and the answer is an amazing support system that care so much about the mission of Karma Yoga and are just as driven to spread the yoga love as I am. With an open mind and a patient heart, we have cultivated this movement - an initiative to bring people together in the community. We have planted the seed to make a change that is so much bigger than ourselves.
“Yoga does not remove us from the reality or responsibilities of everyday life but rather places our feet firmly and resolutely in the practical ground of experience. We don't transcend our lives; we return to the life we left behind in the hopes of something better.” ~ Donna Farhi
If you had asked me 5 and half year ago when I was graduating college if I saw myself becoming a yoga instructor, I would not have had the slightest clue the path my life would take. I always joked that if I had the extra money each month I would splurge on the luxury of a studio membership. Unfortunately, I went from being a broke college student to a broke college graduate, and was content enough with my home practice and attending classes at the local LA Fitness a few times a week. Life was moving too fast, to think about pausing and really thinking about what I was passionate about and how I could incorporate it into my life in a new way.
Fast forward to the present, and I am surrounded by a team of friends that feel more like family. It was a yoga instructor LA Fitness that led me to get my 200hr Teacher Training, and a fellow yogi and now Karma Yoga family member that directed me to where I am now training in my 300hr. This tribe that shares my passion for getting more people onto their mats. For spreading mindfulness and cultivating positivity, and empowering people to make a difference in the lives of others. By being a little selfish and taking care of ourselves, we can make that much greater of impact in the world. When you share a smile with a stranger, or pause to allow yourself to breath before reacting in a situation, letting your heart guide you into acts of kindness. All of these things, these changes in our minds and hearts, begin with the physical practice. We step onto the mat to not become something new, but to become something more. Something greater than ourselves. It isn’t about getting into a handstand or putting your feet behind your head, yoga isn’t all about straight legs and touching your toes, it is about letting everything slow down, so that you can let go the tensions, stress, and negativity that holds you back from living life fully. Each person I have met through the creation and journey of Karma Yoga brought a brighter flame to the passion I have for this organization, and keeps my faith ongoing in the difference we are making in the lives of so many. All of you yogis that show up to class aren't just my students, my classmates, my peers - you are my friends, you are my family, you are my tribe.