What Yoga Means To Me
A Series of 15 Teachers’ Stories in 15 Days
celebrating Yoga Tree’s 15 Year Anniversary
I first began practicing yoga as a way of coping with the stresses of life. It was a form of physical exercise. It also gave me clarity of mind, vital energy, and made my body feel good. Over time, as my yoga became more committed, regular, and dedicated, I discovered my truth, cultivated my gifts, and organized my life around what was truly important to me.
Yoga is like alchemy — a process of transformation. An Indian myth speaks of churning the ocean of consciousness until nectar arises. Diamonds come from coal subjected to immense pressure, and lotuses grow out of the muck of the pond. I took all my challenges, stresses and struggles; the things I liked about myself, and those I didn’t; my preferences, talents, and gifts — and placed them into the fire of the practice. What emerged is a greater clarity about who I am and what I have to offer the world.
I see yoga as a way to live my everyday life. It has given me principles that guide the choices I make about my relationships – whether those are relationships with people or the way I treat the earth and my surroundings, the companies I support, and the products I buy and use. It gives me the tools to deal with challenges, find balance when I am off, and be flexible when life needs me to be.
For me, yoga is not simply something I do, but a way of living. It is a process and a means of engaging life. It offers me tools and principles to continue to live a life aligned with my purpose. Yoga supports me to be strong, courageous, and open to continue to grow, evolve, and live my truth.
About the Author: Stacey Rosenberg is an educator who is committed to teaching students about their bodies while providing them with the foundation to live more vibrant lives. She believes that the practice of the postures not only enables us to stay fit and increase health and well being, they also empower us – equipping us with the tools to engage in all aspects of our lives more skillfully.
Yoga radically transformed Stacey’s life, and her passion and enthusiasm for the practice is contagious. A dedicated practitioner since 1995 and teacher since 2000, Stacey continues to fall more deeply in love with all the aspects of the yoga practice. She is known for her light-hearted, down-to-earth attitude, clear and precise instruction, and creative and coherent sequencing. She invites you to step in to one of her offerings soon.