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  • about 6 years ago

    Chai with Gloria

    If only I'd known

    By Gloria

    We had the pleasure last week of teaching yoga to a group of college students.

    Preparing for this class, took me back to my years in University.

    My predominant memory of University was that of intense stress.

    The combination of a heavy work load, too much social activity, and a steady diet of double cappuccinos and chocolate covered espresso beans was taking its toll.

    I remember going to Health Services somewhere in my third year for a routine check up, and the doctor asking me whether I was feeling stressed. I guess it was fairly evident that I was well… let’s just say a bit tense.

    The doctor’s solution for me was an offer of anti-anxiety medication.

    I was only 19 years old at the time. I swiftly declined knowing that if I didn’t find a better solution at 19, I would surely need to pump a whole lot more drugs into myself when life got really tough. I was studying pharmaceutical sciences at the time, and was completely unconvinced that this was the answer for me.

    Somehow, I made it through another 2 years of schooling and faced many more challenges before I found my way.

    Yoga is my life line. I have faced challenges in the past 26 years that make those university days look like a walk in the park. One thing I can say for certain is that my practice has given me the ability to face challenges with a lot less drama, emotional toll, and damage to my physical health than I could have ever imagined. Challenges in life grow, they don’t diminish. Challenges are there to foster our growth. Give yourself the tools to face them.

    Gloria Latham

    Gloria Latham Gloria Latham is one of the most influential forces of Yoga Teacher Training globally. She is a Lululemon Global Ambassador, and founder of Semperviva Yoga Studios. She is best known for her week long transformational programs that help students powerfully break through barriers, and her high vibing Yoga Raves. Gloria worked as a licensed pharmacist for almost ten years before discovering true health through the practice of yoga and meditation.

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