I began my journey with Yoga about a year ago I knew about yoga and would practice occasionally. Last year I was going through some emotional pain and as I practiced yoga I could feel the pain lesson and leave my body, mind and spirit. I then came to the realization that emotional pain and past hurts get stored in your body and stay there. Yoga has been the vehicle to release these emotions and leave them on my mat. Sanford Yoga Center has provided a kind and nurturing space for me to do exactly that. As my yoga practiced grew I also grew stronger mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I take my practice with me throughout my day…breathing in courage and exhaling fear. What I do on my mat propels me to be the best version of myself possible, to be patient and gentle with myself and to sit in the emotions I am feeling and just be…It has also graciously given me the ability to accept my body just as it is. Whenever I finish a yoga session I lay in corpse pose and release emotions, thoughts, character defects that no longer serve me…turn to my side in fetal position which represent new life and rise with a greater understanding of myself and my Creator…Never underestimate a girl when she rises from her mat.