Seven years ago I couldn't touch my toes.
I was never flexible as a kid. I didn't do gymnastics and danced only briefly. I wasn't very athletic, though I did like being outside. I was a reader. I spent my time curled up with whatever genre I was into at the time. Curled up, hunched over, looking down, slouching. Then I had kids. By the time I was in my late 20's my back hurt a lot. It was my goal to touch my toes before I turned 30. I reached my goal and my back felt amazing!!! But then I went through my divorce and I stopped stretching and stopped taking care of myself. I was stressed, tense, angry, and sad. My body reflected my pain, but all I wanted to do was curl up on the couch. Curl up, cave in, disappear. One day, my kids, in their honest loving voices, said "Mom, your the grumpiest person we know." Kids are great.
This was not how I wanted to be remembered, so I decided to change it. I went through the cupboards and trashed the junk food (well not all of it, I didn't have a lot of money at the time). I began working out to videos, which turned into yoga videos, which turned into me creating my own sequences to do at home. I started doing yoga for an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening 5 days a week.
I was obsessed, but my body had never felt better. I had never felt better.
I had found my calm. My little bit of peace of mind. And then my life sped up.
My schedule started booking up with new massage clients (I'm a massage therapist). My kids started new sports and I actually had the money to pay for them. I began Yoga Teacher Training and moved my massage office to a new location. I began teaching at Power Yoga Ocala shortly after finishing my training. Life never slowed down. Now I run two businesses and bring each kid to two different activities, while trying to maintain a home (I was going to say clean home but ehhhhh....). Through it all I keep coming back to yoga. It was and still is my little bit of calm before the storm.
Life is chaos. Hopefully you find it to be mostly a happy chaos. We all have different ways of coping with what life throws at us. For me it's yoga. It inspires me, motivates me, physically heals me, grounds me, and at the same time uplifts me. It's a giant hug from the Universe that quiets me. It's why I do what I do, because I hope to inspire you.