I took my first yoga class my senior year of high school. Unbeknownst to me, it was an intermediate hot yoga class that I barely made it through! I rediscovered yoga in a much less intense environment through classes offered at my university’s gym in undergrad. It was during this time that I became dedicated to my practice and was blown away by not only my physical progress but emotional and spiritual benefits, as it allowed me a space to process the sudden loss of a close friend.
After a few years of having my own home practice, I became a yoga teacher to help share this healing modality with my community. In graduate school, we constantly learn about disparate health outcomes for BIPOC communities. I view yoga as a way for us to reclaim agency over our physical, emotional and spiritual health in a society that often attempts to corrode our wellness.