A woman from YMCA Counseling is now in training to become a yoga teacher with NYC Yoga Project. She practices yoga every other weekend and has over 200 hours of training. She’s going to be sponsored in March to go to India, which is an opportunity she may not have had otherwise. She is currently recreating herself and setting an example for other women that suffering doesn’t have to define them. This is her story:
“I am in an outpatient rehabilitation program at the YMCA Counseling Center on Staten Island. I am a middle-aged recovering alcoholic trying to regain my physical and mental health. I am a professional in the healthcare industry and I am feeling better, but I felt I was missing something. Alcohol left a hole in my being, my heart and my soul. I knew I was feeling stronger and happy with my progress in recovery and yet I still had a certain uneasiness about where I was heading and what do I do now that alcohol is no longer a part of my life.
Yoga with Dawn from the New York City Yoga Project was offered as a free class at the YMCA Counseling Center on Saturdays. It was not a required part of the program, but I was already working out at the YMCA gym, so I felt ready physically to take on something new. Little did I know how much practicing yoga would help fill this hole that existed in my being.
I started out with just weekly practices with Dawn but found myself practicing poses at home that felt so good during our yoga sessions. The stretching and trying new positions were good for me and ending the class with her restorative poses resting my body and allowing my mind to drift into meditation was so healing and refreshing to my body and soul that I decided at Dawn’s request to try the 40- days To Personal Revolution Baron Baptiste program with her as my guide.
Today, I am hooked, not on drugs or alcohol, but on a much healthier practice of restoring my life and healing this emptiness that was left within me as a result of wasteful and unhappy living. The program helped to learn more about yoga, the trying out new positions and gaining strength in my core and my limbs, stretching to new lengths and teaching my mind how to quiet itself, rest, release and restore. Also, I learned to care more about what I put into my body to feed and nourish it so I feel better and more alive.”