I began practicing at Pacific Ashtanga in 2009 at my friend Holly's suggestion. It was, and has continued to be a source of spiritual grounding and perspective as well as a path toward physical wellness for me. Yoga has been a part of our kids' lives too. They began Yoga for Kids at Pacific Ashtanga years ago and now, as middle and high schoolers they join us for conference and the occasional led class in order to continue to provide them with spiritual guidance, positive affirmations and life lessons. My practice helps me be a better person personally and professionally. It reminds me, as a mother and wife to be calm and present and live with gratitude.
As a holistic veterinarian the yogic principle of ahimsa is meaningful to me as I recommend therapies and treatments to my animal patients. In our marriage, our yoga practice helps remind David and me of the love and dedication that makes us whole. This keeps us grounded and loving as a couple. We also enjoy taking our practice with us when we travel, experiencing Ashtanga yoga around the country.
My Ashtanga journey began with a Sunday evening intro class in 2011. I attended the class at Jackie's suggestion, as she could see that I was struggling with my physical and spiritual existence. That first intro class with Diana immediately resonated with me. Since those initial intro classes with Diana and Peter my practice has evolved to mostly Mysore, often early mornings with only the sound of the ocean and Merry's lovely chanting in our beautiful Shala.
Ashtanga has been transformative in many ways for me. Initially there was an obvious physical change, with looser fitting clothes and increased stamina. Gradually a more spiritual and psychological transformation has emerged. One of the most significant benefits that I see on a daily basis is how the practice teaches me exist in the present moment, and to accept and love everything for what it is as opposed to what I want it to be. This has enabled me to be a better father and husband. It has also benefited my career as a veterinary oncologist as I'm able to be more compassionate and caring towards my clients and patients.
We are so grateful for Diana and our Sangha
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