There is a saying that says "what you need comes to you when you need it", and on February 2nd 2011 it came to me, yoga is what I needed. My really good friend Maria opened her own yoga studio near my apartment and one afternoon my sister and I decided to give it a try. Before practicing for the first time I had the impression that yoga was something boring where people sat in lotus position chanting OM and that it involved some type of stretching. After my first class at OM Yoga I realized that yoga was much more than just stretching, it was something that was about to change my life. From my very first class I realized that it was something I loved and was good at. Every class my body started to change, my mind started to become calmer and my life changed in so many good and positive ways. Yes, it made my body stronger, extremely flexible and I started to do things I could never even imagine myself doing. But, it also made me realize how taking this flexibility and strength from the mat to my everyday life would help me live a better and healthier life, and it did. After practicing yoga for a year and a half, I realize that yoga has made me the person I am today. To me, yoga isn't just about practicing on my mat at a studio, yoga is about taking what you learn on the mat to the world. Its about being present, being a better person everyday, being more humble and never taking for granted the good things that surround you. These are just some of the ways yoga has changed me. After practicing yoga for 11 months I decided to do a 200hr yoga teacher training. This experience changed my life, my mind and my practice. It made me see life from a different perspective, it made me realize that I'm the only person who can change my own life in any direction I want. It made me stronger, a lot stronger, mentally and physically. If it wasn't for OMYoga, I would have never found my love and passion for yoga.
By Caroline Portugal