I left Rutgers University this May with confusion that many individuals share post graduation.  I had a different college experience than those around me. I started my college career in Fairfield Connecticut, unfortunately never finding my place. I then bounced around after my first semester of college and transferred to a community college in my hometown.  I found myself very alone in a deserted town where all my high school friends were happy away at college.  I started Rutgers as a sophomore, and continued to search for my niche.  I began college with high expectations that were unfortunately not met, but I can’t say that I would change my experience. Even though it didn’t turn out as what I had hoped or expected, I believe that obstacles are placed in our life to make us stronger, and it’s the challenging situations that help us learn and grow. I believe the perspective of how we choose to look at a situation is a conscious decision. I grew the most as an individual during some of the hardest times in my life, which has shaped me into who I am today.

 

Yoga has been an outlet that I use to cope with some of the challenges in my life. I fell in love with practicing yoga throughout college, and it was a very positive channel for me in a dark and tumultuous time in my life. I loved the physical challenge that yoga creates, and the mental clarity that I take away from each class. Yoga became a healthy outlet to pour my energy into. Yoga has taught me so much about myself. Growing up I never found an aspect of my life that evoked passion. This all changed when I found yoga. My practice gets me out of bed in the morning, and has taught that attitude is everything. Each pose presents a new challenge and the dedication that I have in my practice can be applied to any other endeavor I begin. Yoga has taught me to create balance in my life, and has been a guide to help me listen to what is best for my body, and my life. It has taught me self-control, and has allowed me to become attuned with my body of when to push myself and when to back off.

 

Having a consistent practice has helped me take control of my life and has cleared up my post graduation cloud of confusion. I am extremely excited to say that I am starting my teacher training this October through Samadhi Sun with Sharon Manner and Yulady Saluti. All of my recent growth in yoga can be attributed to Yulady’s motivation and guidance. I have a long-term goal of working towards a graduate degree and opening up a private practice as a counselor. I would love to one day be able to incorporate yoga with counseling. Both can provide numerous health benefits for the mind and body, and I think that yoga would be the perfect outlet for people that are struggling with the challenges and stresses of life.

 

Yoga has been the spark that has put energy and strength into my life.  All of this wouldn’t have been possible without Yogisheart. I will never able to thank Andrew and Trella Dolgin, Kelly Corcoran, and the Yogis Heart board and foundation enough for allowing me this opportunity to go deeper into my practice, and help me realize how I want to make yoga a priority and a significant apart of my life and career. I hope that one day I will be able to pay it forward to many others in the future.

 

~ Gina