Thank You 23

23 has been a hard year. Buckling down into my second year of my career, I am still having trouble grasping the fact that I am no longer in college nor moving back into my Massachusetts childhood bedroom. Oh did I mention how student loans continue to haunt me at the end of every month? The cycle of being an independent adult can be vicious and exhausting, but finding the little things in life that bring me happiness and joy is what keeps me going. Everyday it is a challenge to see the good when we are engulfed by so much bad. My answer? Yoga. I’ve been practicing yoga for over three years now, but this year in particular stood out. Let me recap on how it all manifested.

After college, I stopped dancing and got a full-time job at some company I wasn’t thrilled about, but hey we all have to start somewhere! I quickly realized how my happiness changed from being a dancer to going cold turkey and not dancing at all. I became depressed I guess you could say. I started running, a lot. I signed up for my first half marathon in Central Park and began training with my good friend, Nicole. We decided to sign up and attend some Bikram classes on off training days. It was during this time that really sparked my passion for yoga.

Our half marathon came and gone so I stopped going to hot yoga. I quickly realized how my happiness started to dwindle after this. As a result, I got a Groupon for a different local hot yoga studio and continued my practice. I also switched jobs and began working for a well-known marketing agency in New York City. Practicing yoga has enlightened my outlook on life. Not going to lie, I still have days that are harder than others but overall I have come a long way since the person who graduated college in 2014 to the young and successful adult I am now. I have devoted hours to meditating and growing as a yogi and will continue to do so at 24. This year I am getting my RYT-200 hour certification, aka the course to become a yoga instructor. This is a big and expensive decision but I am following my motto: Love what you do. It’s time to live simply and enjoy each precious moment in the moment. Cheers to 24!

Namaste

Get Upside Down

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Yoga inversions are one of the most beneficial postures for your body. Not only does it improve blood flow and circulation throughout the entire body but it also builds a strong core. Win, win! Before I get on a plane and fly somewhere and even when I first wake up, I get upside down. This stabilizes me before a long flight or a long day.

Over a year ago, I was not able to succeed in this posture. Nevertheless, with much practice and ultimately learning how to use my core in a different way then doing your average crunches, I mastered the forearm headstand.

This variation of a headstand challenges my balance a little further than just a regularĀ  headstand. I’ve had some pretty epic falls when testing out variations but that is exactly what yoga is about. Being vulnerable and challenging yourself to try something you never think you can accomplish.