Yoga hasn’t come naturally or easy to me. I’m an impatient person who wants to be good at what I’m doing. If any thing has tested my patience more it’s yoga. I’ve realized the more frustrated I feel, the more tired I get, and tighter my muscles become, the more I realize how much I need yoga. After several season ending injuries, cross training has become increasingly important. As fun as skiing is, crashes, flat landings, and close calls start to take their toll. Yoga has helped me bring my focus back to my body and doing the work to help it feel strong, balanced, flexible, and stable. Being a skier, a runner and in general having tight muscles, yoga wasn’t a walk in the park for me. Also, while practicing yoga, injuries from the past start knocking while I start moving my body in completely new directions. I remember doing my first Wheel after breaking my back, it took me a little over a year to get not only the strength but the courage to push my mind and body into the pose. There was something so powerful about that moment, it was like I had been injected with joy and self esteem. It’s hard not to get frustrated when your body is taking it’s sweet time, but yoga teaches us to be an innocent observer and simply practice. It teaches us not to judge our selves, our bodies or our practice, but to just do your best at every moment not worrying about what you just did or what your going to do. There is a special gift in being able to bring your awareness to the present moment and enjoying nothing more then the breath that is moving through you. Yoga has challenged me in completely unique ways but has taught me more about my self then any other practice. I have so much gratitude towards this simple practice and the beautiful people who have guided me through this new found love. Namaste.