Welcome to Odyssey Yoga! I am so thrilled that you are here, reading this and dreaming about yoga, or considering maybe doing yoga, or just curious... Let me tell you a bit about myself, and why I am pouring my heart and soul into this yoga studio, and why stepping through our doors and onto your mat just might be the best choice you could ever make.
I had a student ask me why I got into teaching yoga. My answer was honest, and unconventional: my mom wanted to open and studio, and she couldn't go to training herself. I had no practice, no knowledge, and no love of yoga. Even leading up to the daunting nine week long training, I couldn't make myself go to class and practice. After training, which nearly killed me, I began teaching full time, but still had no real personal practice, limited knowledge, and no real love of yoga. Regardless, I taught more, practiced more, opened a studio and ran it for nine years.
Over that decade, I went through so many phases: I discovered different styles of yoga, and had strong opinions about everything; opinions that were constantly changing as I discovered something new. Sometimes I practiced all the time and pushed myself hard; sometimes I slacked off and defiantly didn't practice hardly at all. At times I'd be giddy with excitement about getting onto my mat, and at other times I would show up simply because I felt obligated. I've taught classes where I gave myself goose-bumps from my raw emotion and the words coming out of my mouth... and I've taught classes where I've thought, I can't believe how much I suck at this. I have felt trapped, and I have felt like the queen of the castle. I have felt every possible emotion, and my reasons for showing up were always shifting... but show up I did. Every single day, year after year.
And I have watched so many, many people just keep showing up, for themselves, for their own reasons. And I have watched them shift, watched them transform without even realizing it. That is why I can say from the bottom of my heart: yoga works. One day you will discover that somehow along the way, you were completely transformed; and the transformation was so much more amazing than you could ever have imagined!
So I know that you have your own reasons for being interested in practicing yoga, and I just want to say: go for it! There is no wrong reason. And whichever path you follow in your journey of yoga, you will get where you need to be in the end... no matter how many times you change course.
That is why Odyssey Yoga is here: to support you and to journey along with you; and to remind you to always love your journey.