It is a great honor and pleasure to feature the stories of different courageous women every Wednesday at YOGAudacious. I believe that not only does it take courage to show up on your yoga mat, but by sharing the different stories of women benefited by the practice yoga, I hope to create new role models who inspire more women to get on their mats.
Here’s a review of the inspiring women of January 2015:
“One of the greatest benefits of my practice is radical acceptance. After years competing in races, I was conditioned to believe that my self worth depended on what I could achieve. Yoga has taught me that I am enough simply as I am in this moment. Yoga doesn’t really care if I can do a handstand or get both legs behind my head. It just asks me show up, exactly as I am.” – Amy Gartenberg
“I still felt very self-conscious in yoga when I first came to the practice. It took me a few years to make my yoga experience about me, and not about the others in the room. I still actively remind myself to not compare, judge, or criticize my yoga body to other students, teachers, and “yoga-lebrities.” – Emily O’Brien
“The media grossly portrays yoga in a light that is affluent and thin as well. So, in my classes…I would position myself in a corner or near a wall to isolate myself socially because a) I am black b) I am curvy and, c) I am not wealthy. I felt like I didn’t belong at all! But I continued and that consistency is what changed me.” – Pamela Scruggs
“Yoga has also helped me find and learn to nurture the softer side of myself just in time to surrender to the physical, emotional and spiritual practice of being a mother…It is only through truly being present in each moment that I can allow myself to be so many things – a mother, a designer, a business woman, a friend, a wife, a lover, an artist, a teacher and a yogini.” – Corti Cooper
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