My yoga journey didn’t start because I had the intention of becoming a “yogi” or had the call to connect with myself or anything spiritual whatsoever, my yoga story started actually in the most physical way imaginable. It was really a 6 words phrase that would forever change my life: “You have an immune disorder disease”. It was in 2005 when I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis; a disease that affects not only bone joints, but also organs in your body, the excruciating pain that I went through for almost 2 years before I was properly diagnosed was the worst period of my entire life. So knowing what was causing the pain as bad as it sounded; it gave me some relief. I was also told that there is no cure.
What I did with my life from that day on, that is my real yoga story, in pain and with very limited mobility in most of my body, I joined Bikram Yoga. The honest truth is the fact that it was in a heated room got my attention, being from Mexico and leaving in Canada by then for over 5 years and the fact that everyone kept telling my that this yoga was extremely therapeutic was enough to make sign in for a 1 year membership. I had nothing to loose, well a lot of weight from been almost immobile for so long, and the pain was my excuse and my salvation, what an irony right?
It’s in 2007 not to long after joining my very first class, along with the right and proper medical care I decided to become a Yoga Instructor.
I had quite a few medals over my neck like a Panamerican record in Kayaking, a Black Belt in Karate, waterskiing, and dancing professionally among others, that I am sure gave my the motivation to keep on going to keep trying to never give up. And I never did. I decided to swim not sink.
I graduated in beautiful Hawaii in 2007 and have been teaching since then. And loving it!
When I teach I communicate with all of my heart. I put lots of energy into it. I have the capacity as a teacher to lead students in the direction of themselves; I don’t fix people I help them fix themselves. My job is to tell students what to do and how to do it, that shows respect and is honest. Yoga is about precision of intent, just like I did; one class at a time, one posture at a time, just show up, that is sometimes the hardest thing to do. See you in class; can’t wait to help you in your yoga journey and write you story.