Yoga is a 5,000-year-old way of life. There are many different kinds of yoga and eight different "limbs" that compile the gestalt that is yoga. I primarily focus on only two of the eight limbs, pranayama, and asana. In short, pranayama is breathing and asana is the physical poses. Asana is what most people think of when you talk about yoga.
I believe yoga is what you make of it. Yoga provides a buffet of ideas on how to treat yourself, other people, what to eat, and how to reach enlightenment. All of these ideas are not for everybody, and that's ok. Take whatever you want from yoga that improves your life.
I believe what yoga is, to each person, can and will change over time. You may come for weight loss and stay for meditation. You may come to increase your flexibility and end up loving to chant. Yoga is something you can practice for your entire life, but what your body and your mind need today may be very different from what it needs tomorrow or a decade later.
I believe yoga is for everybody. The media has painted yoga practitioners as predominantly young, white, thin, and flexible women. There are many people who fit that description, but there are others who do not, and they are starting to speak up. They are starting to say WE ARE HERE and I would like to honor them. Representation matters. I will always strive to make my yoga classrooms safe places for people of every ability, size, shape, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, sex, age, and orientation.
I believe yoga can be funny. Practitioners and teachers of yoga take yoga seriously, but sometimes we forgot the power and restorative properties of laughter. When you try to equate yoga with perfection, you are no longer practicing yoga; you are instead practicing ego.
I believe in you. You may think yoga is too hard for you. I've been there. You may think you don't look like a yogi. I've been there.
If you want to learn yoga, I will listen, and I will help you.