I found yoga at a difficult time in my life. I was alone in South Korea going through the beginning of the separation (and eventual divorce) of my marriage. I left the loving and tight security net of my family and friends. I left my amazing job in New York City to come to a completely new and different country with my husband. Once we arrived, our relationship fell to pieces, and I found myself awake at night wondering why I had left my perfect life in New York to come to South Korea.
I had done various yoga classes in the past for several years, but my first *real* experience with yoga was during this difficult part of my life. I was intrigued for the fitness value and attended the class.
I went through all the asanas (poses), and at the end during the final and most important asana, savasana, the instructor guided us into mental relaxation. Then, all of a sudden, my mind finally stopped racing. Maybe it was only for a few short seconds, but it felt like my brain had a reprieve from all billions and billions of stresses, worries, and crazy ideas going on. I realized I was so exhausted because I was letting my mind take over, and at that moment, I felt … peace.
Ever intrigued after this experience, I continued to take more yoga classes, and realized how yoga and meditation had “cured” my uneasy mind and gave me the strength to be the person I am today.
I soon wanted to teach yoga classes because of all the peace and love it had provided me. I wanted to continue paying it forward, and completed my yoga teacher training in January 2014 with the Marianne Wells Yoga School in Costa Rica.
As an expat, my goal is to help people realize that home isn’t a physical location, but can be found within your own mind and body.