My yoga journey began several years ago when classes on VCR tapes and DVD’s were popular for exercise. That’s how I looked at yoga, as a workout, just physical movement and a way to stay in shape. I’ve always had a certain flexibility and strength, and yoga seemed the perfect form of exercise to use this.
As time went on, I started attending gym classes instead of exercising exclusively at home. Mostly these were at the YMCA because of our family membership. I started taking more and more classes, and yoga class was always my favorite. It became a place to fit my needs, without being the only person who felt the need to be bendy and to move slowly, intentionally.
Time moved on, and I settled into an office job – two actually! Sitting at a desk for most of the day, with not much movement, my body began to feel achy, inflexible, and sore. My attitude started to take a downward turn. Realizing my temper was short and I was feeling on edge, I started thinking, “When don’t I feel this way? When do I feel like myself? Yoga!”
Realizing my temper was short and I was feeling on edge, I started thinking, “When don’t I feel this way? When do I feel like myself? Yoga!”
I began to think that there was more than just a physical release of tension in my body from yoga; a release of tension in my mind. A connection was made, and a decision was made. I need more of this in my life. Yoga made me feel more at ease, happier, and more fulfilled. I felt that I should share these benefits with others.
I started a Yoga teacher training in 2018 and found so much more than the physical side of yoga. While studying the Yoga Sutras, I found the struggles and questions in life have remained the same for centuries, and Pantanjali wrote it all out in an organized fashion. I had lost my parents early in my adult life, which gave me a different perspective on pain, and how Pantanjali’s Sutras applied to my personal experience.
After studying yoga and the Sutras, I learned to use movement as true expression of myself through yoga. I hope to share that with others. My practice is personal, but teaching others how to find their own practice and sharing that together is my goal.
Marcia Ford loves sharing yoga and acquired her 200-hour certification under the wonderful instruction of Jen Xanders through Flourish Yoga studio in Fishers, IN. She enjoys teaching, and is always a student as well, learning and continuing her education through workshops and classes.