For the First time

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My little baby Raya sits on my lap in the early morning while I’m still trying to wake myself up. Who needs an alarm clock when you have a little bubba to do the trick every morning?

And this little alarm clock comes with a beautiful smile that lights up the soul.

While I was bouncing her on my lap, she was beaming with joy and her face lit up like there was absolutely nothing more amazing than just simply being present on my lap.

When I stopped, she gazed outside the window and seemed mesmerized by something out there. She stared for a long time. Just curious and content. I think it was the movement of the branches. She was completely in awe of them.

Not long after, I called her name and she looked back at me, beaming with joy again.  Like she was seeing me for the first time. A type of joy that comes from within. Deep down into the soul.

A type of joy that exuberates contentment and peace. An inner sense of love that we see so often in babies.

What happens after that? We grow up…. and that inner light seems to slowly wane and sometimes diminish. We find ourselves in low moments… sometimes even in a web of depression…. and this inner joy seems like a distant memory we have no idea how to reignite.

That’s what happened to me. I was such a happy child. But as I grew up and became so much more aware of suffering in the world, it ate away at me. I began to feel my inner light extinguish and I was losing that child-like joy.

It was in my early twenties that I discovered yoga. I was looking for an alternative to dancing, something I had done up until that point in my life but was no longer pursuing. I wanted to stay fit and so I took up yoga.

Little did I know that yoga was far more than stretching and doing some impressive postures. After some months of regular, dedicated yoga practice, I soon discovered the true depth of yoga.

I realised that yoga was a spirituality.  A way of life.

It formed a pathway that would lead me to re-discover and experience this child-like inner joy that I had lost in the “growing up” stage of my life.

I discovered how to be happy again – truly happy. A happiness that I could feel inside myself. It was an awakening for me.

And naturally when you find something amazing, you want to share it with others.

After years of dedicated practice, I started teaching yoga classes and loved witnessing the essence of yoga transform people’s lives. From the outside in and the inside out.

The richness of the yoga tradition lends itself to a life of transformation. An ongoing transformation.

Yoga is my greatest teacher.  Through yoga, I have re-discovered that inner child-like joy inside me once again.

Just like my little Raya, yoga helps us see things for the first time. It reminds us to see things for their natural beauty and appreciate them.

If you want to experience happiness from within, open your heart to yoga and all it has to offer you. You just need to accept the invitation!

I’m here to support you on this journey and help reveal the jewels of yoga by passing on the teachings that were passed onto me by my teachers and their teachers…. what an incredible lineage I am part of!

Maybe it’s something you want to be part of? Are you seeking inner joy? You’ll also learn some cool yoga moves along the way 🙂

If you’re already a yogi, how has yoga helped you through life’s ups and downs?

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