How Yoga Changed My Life for the Better
By Jennifer Nguyen, Guest Contributor
Happy Feng Shui Friday!
I pride myself on being a vibrant, easy-going free spirit, but just a few years back I often found myself lacking patience, moody and at times judgmental. I speak of these heavier days in past tense not because I’m now immune to getting agitated, there will be plenty of these times but by turning to my yoga practice I’ve gained the tools to make a conscious change to ‘head towards the light” in times of darkness.
Yoga does have its physical benefits but it’s in the philosophy that the real flexibility happens. Consistency not only conditions our bodies to touch our toes to our head in scorpion but more importantly teaches us to soften our defenses and adjust our perspectives.
Here are a couple of ways making yoga part of my daily routine has neutralized my bitchiness and has helped promote balance and bliss:
Yoga has increased my health and wellness
The time devoted to Yoga over the past few years has lead to concentrating on nurturing myself through moderation, eating clean foods, adopting self love rituals and becoming more expansive in my thoughts. As a cause of these healthy shifts in life I find it easy to dwell in the light of my true being over the darkness of fears. Whether it’s on or off the mat finding my center and focusing on my breath to keep me present in the moment come naturally. Regardless of what frustrations present them selves throughout my day controlling my breath and becoming aware of my energy is something I can always return to.
Yoga has helped me check my ego
Let’s be real we’ve all experienced moments where our egos have wondered off from our shining place or said something that wasn’t true to who we really are. I tend to speak honestly and say things most would not. I haven’t become less expressive or truthful but rather choose to speak the truth that is kind, which means sometimes the most loving response is keeping my mouth shut!
Yoga has helped me find peace with my past
Yoga has helped me to release my childhood angers, ease the pain of loss, and heal from an unhealthy lifestyle in my adolescence. This spiritual growth has made me comfortable with letting others see my vulnerability and the very things that have broken my heart have brought profound shifts deep within myself, making it possible to help the world with empathy and experience.
Thanks for reading about how yoga changed my life. Have you been inspired by yoga? Share your story below in the comments!
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About Jennifer Nguyen: As a licensed stylist and wellness enthusiast of over a decade I’ve always had a passion for being physically active and exposing the light in others.
In 2010 I was chosen to attend the Michael Coles Step Up summit where my spirit was awoken to chase my dreams of becoming an educator and motivator! My successful career in the salon industry has lent itself to my most recent journey of earning a college degree; this fall I will graduate with an Associates of Arts degree from EFSC and have been accepted into my bachelors program at the University of Central Florida.
I have kept my deep love for movement alive over the years; In 2013 I was a performer for international DJ Chan Ji Kim in Sound and Space and more recently as a yoga guide at both Peace Place Counseling & Wellness and the Yoga Surf School.
These days when I’m not playing on my mat or balancing my duties as a domestic goddess I can be found in my back yard garden, and chasing the Florida sun.
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Great article Jennifer thank you for sharing. I have found yoga is helping to shape me into my true myself as well. It is helping me/teaching me how to remain calm in certain situations, how to love myself, eating clean and being very aware of what I put in my body. I am also on my way of becoming a vegan. It is a process but I’m down to only eating fish ( I’ve stopped eating all other types of meat) Yoga has also helped me to deal with childhood hurt and a very big loss a couple of years ago that I thought I would never over come. It has helped me be the best version of myself I can be. I’ve been doing it on and off for a couple of years but I’ve gotten back into it full time now and I’m proud to say I’ve been going strong for 3 months now ( soon to be 4 months) I also meditate daily. I love yoga I know cant see myself not doing it 🙂 Love and light xx
Daydra, thanks for commenting! I think it’s great that you’ve been working on your diet. I have been practicing yoga for a couple of years now, and have made the switch to mostly organic foods but I think it would be a good idea to also work back into a vegetarian lifestyle. Your story and Jennifer’s have inspired me to give cleaner eating a shot. Thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂