YOGAudacious – January 2015

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:


Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 2.18.16 PM“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


Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 2.17.45 PM“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


Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 2.18.00 PM“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


Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 2.17.28 PM“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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