“There’s Nothing Like it!”

My Passion for Yoga

I love yoga!

I loved it before I knew what I was doing! Seriously! I was around 8 years old when my sibling and friends used me as Guinea pig when experimenting with the yoga postures they were learning in their class. I mean, this was the early 70`s! Yoga was big and so were their imaginations as I was bent, twisted, and contorted into pretzel like postures with the ease of “Gumby.”

I enjoyed all the attention that was for certain but never in my wildest imagination would I have thought that someday I would be a Siromani! (Teacher).

Forty-four years later and  I feel very blessed to still going strong! The difference today however, than in the past, is that I appreciate and understand it  more than ever! It’s still a challenge, I’m still developing, and it’s still exciting! It has become more than just postures, stretches, and contortions to me, its mind over matter! It’s between me, my body.  Yes, the “point de depart” for many  new yoga enthusiast is the physical, but with time and discipline, it becomes mental! This is the beauty of “modern postural yoga”, in this I mean yoga that focuses on the physical component of yoga (hatha) as opposed to the spiritual aspects. The pace and duration of the classes, allows the participant to developed both physical and  mental strength and stamina.  I feel more in-tuned, more aware, and more in control of my movements now at 52, than I did at 22!

Hatha yoga is really cool! It’s non-exhaustive. You can never have the routine down packed. Impossible, because it (You) are constantly evolving, physically, mentally, and for those of us who “Praise Him because we are wonderfully and fearfully made” spiritually! Psalm 139:14 Yup, I said it! The more I realize how amazing the human body is and the capacities it has, the  more in awe I am of the mastermind that designed it! God is good, and I thank him for a sound body and mind, but most importantly a desire to tend to and take care this vessel He has entrusted me with. The vehicle which transports my ever grateful soul!

Believe you me, I have been a busy body all along. I have taken and taught, aerobics, step, aqua-fitness, boot camp, and stretching.

I have jogged, swam, biked, windsurfed… I have competed in bodybuilding contest, aerobic fitness, and gymnastics. But none of these come close to  postural  yoga for toning, strengthening, and building on core strength, balance, flexibility, and concentration combined!

And may I add, with the guidance of a certified, knowledgeable instructor, it’s achievable with a minimum of stress, wear and tear on the body

THERE IS NOTHING LIKE IT!

-Louella Gauthier, Saint Jerome

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