I recently was invited to begin writing some thoughts related to our Yoga community here at Centered. I am a little new to this blogger role, so I would welcome any comments or inquiries, as well as topics you’d like to see addressed in future posts.
For now, I would just like to tell how I came to be a member of this unique community. Some time ago, after a couple years of graduate studies at UK in psychology and photojournalism, I gravitated toward what became my career interest, psychiatric nursing with a specialty in mental health and substance abuse. Through a BSN and MSN, ARNP certification, and work at area hospitals, I began my career work at VAMC in Lexington.
I started studying Yoga in 2000. In 2007, I completed a 200-level teacher certification program In Rishikesh, India. I lived in an ashram there for five weeks, and it was indeed a life-altering experience for me. I became aware of the Yoga classes at Centered not long after the tragic death of my son in August 2013. I met Lauren Higdon and knew that this was where I wanted to study Yoga. I found Centered to be a welcoming, non-judgmental place to heal, offering various types of self-care with different practitioners, approaches that I have utilized with positive effect since then. By January 2016, I completed Matthew Higdon’s ( E-RYT) 200-level Subtle Power Yoga certification. Matthew Higdon’s focus on the subtle relationships among breath, mind, and body has helped me realize that the discipline embraces much more than the physical pose. In these 3 years, I have grown from turning inward to looking forward with the hope that my own life experiences may be of instructive and healing benefit to others.
Now I am continuing my healing journey by embarking on another endeavor—Yoga therapy. I am about to resume a 500-level Yoga therapy certification program at Kripalu Institute. In future blogs, I will include more about this new great adventure.