Hey everyone and welcome to Simply Yoga Mats. Yoga has only come into my life in the last few years and I still struggle with many of the more complex poses yet I am passionate about helping people find joy in Yoga.
My journey to finding joy in yoga was not what I would call an enlightened moment by any means. Honestly, I had tried Yoga several times at my local gym and was not at all inspired by the instructors’ encouragement to relax into the pose and breath while every muscle was shacking and burning and I felt more tense and unable to breath than the time I stepped through the farm fence and came face to face with a large red and white bull that I am sure was not there before I ducked my head through those wires.
No my yoga journey started after being very active and moderately fit, riding my horse every other day and going to the gym four to five times a week. I enjoyed running on the treadmill while drowning out everything around me with some good old heavy metal. Then it hit! Unexplainable abdominal pain that put me in hospital and knocked me for six. After a few days and no answers as to what it could be I was on the mend and getting back to my normal routine only to have it happened again. This went on for a couple of years and still no diagnosis. Every test possible and I was no closer to an answer. This put a huge halt on my fitness routine and I actually stopped all exercise for about eighteen months. After that time it had been almost twelve months since my last hospital admittance so I decided to ease back into the running. I took it easy and for two weeks did half an hour just three days a week on the treadmill with gentle intervals. THEN…….. it happened again. Back to hospital. I couldn’t believe it. Well, from there I could see the correlation to exercise but the Doctors still could not understand what was going on. It wasn’t until I had an anaphylactic reaction to food after doing some fairly strenuous lifting at home that they managed to link what was going on. Food dependent Exercise induced anaphylaxis. Yes you read that right, it is a thing. That’s it I thought, how can I be allergic to exercise??
I was not ready to give up on my health as I was nearing forty quicker than I wanted to admit so after a recommendation by my doctor to try yoga I downloaded an iPad app as I was honestly scared to try another class and figured if it was too hard then at least no one would see me fall and fail. I thought that even some gentle stretching and a little work on my balance would help get me back in the saddle for some gentle trail riding and help tone some extra skin that seemed to be forming under my arms. The first few weeks, I pushed myself to do the workouts but had committed to continue unless the pain returned. I had to watch what and when I ate before my sessions but I managed to steer clear of the hospital. After awhile I noticed I was looking forward to my nightly session, after the kids were asleep and the dogs had settled on their beds near the fireplace. The chaos of the day was over and I now had some time to relax and de fuse all the stresses of the day. I am still by no means an expert but I have found a passion for yoga that took awhile to find. I know that yoga can absolutely change your life for the better.
Everyone of us has a unique story and I am truly grateful for what Yoga has given back to me, freedom, fitness and flexibility. I want to help others find that too.
I wish to help you find your own joy in yoga, to rediscover your true energy and strength and to break through any physical or mental blocks that are holding you back from reaching your true yoga potential.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,