I found a few classes at our local recreation center. I started going and really liked it. However at this point I was still learning who I was. I was growing. Relearning how I fit into the world. Just going to the grocery store was scary. I kept with the yoga for a few months but eventually dropped it to pursue other interests. Like selling Avon of all things (insert big eye roll here). Imagine little scared me selling Avon. I actually didn't do too bad, mainly because I have a huge family of women. However, I still wonder what would have happened if I had stayed with the yoga all those years ago.
|Me close to my heaviest|
About two years ago (2010) I opened a membership to 24 Hour Fitness. Due to the meds I am on for my bipolar I had easily ballooned up to 195 pounds. That's a lot for my 5'7" frame. I was tired of being the "the fat friend" so I was determined to change. I started eating right, working out, and taking aerobic classes like step, zumba, kick boxing, and you guessed it yoga! It was there that I fell in love with this beautiful practice. Yoga quickly became my drug of chose, and when I couldn't make my yoga classes my mood and everything was different. I was taking a few college classes back then. I remember when the semesters would start and I would have to miss some of my yoga classes, I would get depressed. It was such a horrible feeling. I should have known then that my future would be forever changed, and those college classes I was taking would soon be of no use to me. It was at 24 hour that I met Charly. She is an amazing teacher, she's the one that first showed me that yoga was so much more that just exercise. I will be forever indebted to her for igniting that fire I have for yoga.
|After bootcamp, about a month into going|
In November 2011 my friend Stephanie talked me into going to a bootcamp class with her at the local hospital. It was a great workout and the membership was only $13.50 for all the classes! I dropped my membership at 24 hour fitness. I was saddened by the thought of never being able to go to another one of Charly's yoga classes, but the bootcamp was working and it was so much cheaper. We started going to bootcamp 3 times a week and kickboxing once. All at the break of dawn (5:30 am). Surprising considering I'm so not a morning person, but it was working I was actually losing weight! The support system we had was great too. Great place, great people, great sweat!
|After bootcamp about 2 months in|
|Me and Stephanie after our 2nd class with Bruce|
There are a few other teachers that I trust and look up too but our schedules never seem to mesh. I have even met back up with Charly, purely by accident, she works at one of the studios I go to, I had no idea. Talk about a very pleasant surprise. I have made a few of her classes since then, but like I said the time's never seem to match up. They have all been very helpful and empowering in my journey and continue to be. I hope to be able to do the same for someone else one day.