Like many of us when I first stepped on my mat I had no idea where it would lead. In the past I had stayed active through sports and working out at gyms. In 2002 I was looking for something different and signed up for an introductory Hatha yoga class. I quickly discovered that yoga was exactly what I needed.
Yoga although at times a struggle, was teaching me so much about myself. As I dove into my yoga practice, the benefits slowly appeared. Yoga began to open my body, quiet my mind and heal my aliments. I felt a shift in my entire being and became more dedicated to my practice; opening up to meditation I began to discover the inner-peace my yoga teachers had spoke of.
Yoga called to me for several years & I knew in my heart I wanted to devote more time exploring the depth of this practice. After years in a very hectic advertising & marketing career, I listened to my inner calling and in 2009 completed my Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training. And in 2011 completed an additional 200hr Sattva Yoga Teacher Training and continue to study with my teacher, Rameen Peyrow.
Yoga has truly changed my life and provided me with not only physical benefits, but also the strength and patience required on the path of self-discovery. I believe yoga transforms us from the inside out. As a teacher and forever student, I feel at peace when I am on my mat – even while in a posture that may be more challenging, I feel gratitude to be present in that moment, experiencing the true essence and beauty of yoga.
For many of us, yoga begins with the Asana practice then shifts into something much more profound – I believe this shift is what keeps us coming back to our mats. I am so grateful to share this beautiful union of body, breath and mind; my hope is to teach from my personal experience and provide guidance to my students as they embark upon their own yoga journey.
My mantra of “Peace, Patience & Practice” sings in my heart everyday and my wish is to sprinkle it throughout my classes. Some of my happiest moments have been and continue to be on my yoga mat and while I’m teaching. I have the best job ever & truly love what I do!!
What lies behind us and what lies beyond us are tiny little matters compared to what lives in us.
– ThoreauSee when Dawn teaches next!