Why Do It?
I entered into this because I have wanted to make yoga a bigger a part of my life.
Ever since volunteering at a 4-Day yoga, music and outdoor festival in Vermont called Wanderlust in June 2011 for my 50th birthday, I have known yoga speaks to me. Massage therapy is about the physical body; exploring connection between its deep wisdom to heal itself with the mind and spirit.
Yoga means “union” of body and mind. To think of them both as merely a series of poses to gain flexibility and manipulation of the soft tissues, is missing the great gifts they truly are!
Each is considered a “practice” meaning, if done with conscious commitment, non-judgment and an open mind, many lessons and gifts of your self will be revealed. They are about re-connecting with the sacred within us. Not so easy in this busy life but the returns are rich and lasting.
Following My Curiosity
I exercise each day at Shoreline Health in Clinton using weights, stretching and cardio-vascular equipment. I consider myself fit and understand its importance to me personally but especially as a health and well being advocate and massage therapist. Practicing yoga for ten consecutive days is a gift for me; to see what it will feel like and quite possibly, release some of the heavy emotional bags I have been carrying for like, years.
I have chosen Inner Strength Yoga (www.innerstrength-yoga.com) on Wall Street in Madison and Petra Axlund Stegman because I trust her to safely teach and lead me so I might re-connect with parts of myself I have lost.
Her physical strength, unyielding commitment to the role of breath over posture with a deep reservoir of spirituality is expressed in her yoga and quite a unique combination to me. I introduced myself to her two weeks ago after seeing an Inner Strength Yoga article on Patch.com.
My massage practice (www.handsonexpressions.com) at the Scranton Seahorse Inn is literally a 2-minute walk from her location on Wall Street! After taking two of her classes and having her experience my approach to therapeutic massage, I felt she was the right teacher for me to do this journey.