My senior year has, so far, been something I never imagined. At the start of senior year, I was flooded with the typical stresses and anxieties that present itself high school seniors. I struggled to find balance between my academic work, my social life, college applications, dedication to athletics and sleep. Then on September 6th, my grandma was unexpectedly diagnosed with cancer. She rapidly declined and passed away exactly one month later. Everything from this point on shattered.
I started to suffer from anxiety as stresses overwhelmed my life. I started taking my yoga classes to heart with Susan Hauser at Yoga Tree.
There is such a shared passion within Yoga, not only for the practice itself but also of giving gratitude to ourselves and others in our lives.
I not only gained greater mental stability but also grew a tremendous amount of physical strength due to support from instructors, especially Susan Hauser, and fellow yogis in and out of the studio.
When work peaked and my family seemed to weaken, I turned to yoga. I managed to channel feelings of panic, anxiety and stress to my mat.
Connecting to my body and soul through movement and breath helped me find an overall greater sense of mental peace and stability.
As I continue to grow older, my physical body continues to change. It was not until my uptake in yoga that I started to gain my confidence back. And though I am not the twiggy girl anymore, I’ve transformed into a powerful and strong woman – something I have grown to value much more.
Holding a 3 minute long plank may not be a particularly enjoyable experience, but the mental and physical results from a steady yoga practice are nearly irresistible. I am beyond proud of myself and other teens for dedicating themselves to their yoga practice and for supporting each other in community.
Julia R attends Marin Academy High School and will be attending Wake Forest University in the fall of 2015. She became passionate for Yoga after she was introduced to Susan Hauser’s fast-paced Power Flow class at Yoga Tree Corte Madera. Julia was immediately hooked as she found that Yoga also provides optimal cross training for other sports – including endurance, strength and flexibility from her practice. In the fall of 2014, Julia became a Yoga Tree and Athleta teen ambassador.