I was the tender age of 16 when I believe my awakening journey started. My sister had thrown some yoga books in the kitchen bin and I fished them out and started applying what I was reading. Bear in mind this was way back in 1972 when people who practiced yoga were known as cranks or “navel gazers”!
My early morning self taught (or rather book taught) yoga session became the favourite part of my day. It was my solace from my less harmonious surroundings shall we say! I got up every day for years at around 5 am to practice and I think yoga was my medicine at that time. It kept me away from turning to something more destructive such as alcohol or drugs and I am so grateful that I have never found the need for either. My whole life’s mission became about being conscious not unconscious and it still is!
Although now as a teacher, I realise I was not aligning myself correctly and therefore missing out on many benefits, my solo practice did allow me to connect deeper and understand and connect with my body in a way that has assisted me throughout my life. I still have those old yoga books, they go with me wherever I go. They are simply written and even now I hold them in high regard as they definitely worked for me at that time!
I began to realise that my day seemed to flow better after my morning “workout” and if I missed a day I felt a bit out of sorts. So I deduced from that that stuck energy needs to move but you also need stillness which brings peace.