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.