On August 16th and 17th, 46 cities around the world participated in the 3rd annual Yogathon. Thousands of people came together to deepen their practice of yoga while sending good vibes out into the world (all funds raised were donated to Care for Children, a program dedicated to providing free education to rural youth in India).
I haven’t shared much about my yoga practice here on the blog so before I go on to talk about Yogathon, I think I have to share more about how I found my way to yoga.
For my entire adult life I had always wanted to be a “yoga person.” In my mind, a “yoga person” looks something like a mix between Ani DiFranco (you know: funky, tattooed, and super hip) and the most beautiful, feminine long-haired goddess you can imagine. I do have a tattoo and I currently happen to have long-hair, but for many, many years I just couldn’t actually get into the practice of yoga. And believe me, I tried.
I tried every kind of yoga class there was at various yoga studios, gyms, and even using videos to practice at home. It wasn’t my cup of tea. I found yoga boring and torturous. I would spend the entire class whining in my head and looking at the clock, wishing it was over.
Then, last October, during a stressful transition in my life, I found my way to yoga. I joined a small studio around the corner from my apartment and began going four times a week, doing a mix of hot and flow yoga. For the first time in my life, practicing yoga felt right. Fast forward ten months and I can’t believe that I’m still practicing – and enjoying – yoga. Don’t get me wrong: I don’t always look forward to going to class and sometimes it still feels like a pain to be there, but yoga somehow allows me to connect with myself in a way that I haven’t before.
When I found out about Yogathon 2014 and learned that it was the first year Seattle was participating, I decided it was time to challenge myself. I had finally gotten to the point where I could comfortably make it through an hour and a half class, but the idea of participating in a 3-hour event with 108 sun salutations? That was a whole new level.