Welcome to my new blog: No Place Like Om. This website is where I’m going to chronicle my transformation on and off the yoga mat. I hope to connect with others along the way so that this journey can be a shared experience. While I have nothing profound to impart, I do have a lot of honesty and openness. So often, lifestyle and yoga blogs show you the perfect. I want to show you the perfectly imperfect.
My yoga journey began 14 years ago when I was starting 8th grade in a new school. Gym class was the part of day I dreaded most. Awkward in my newly-pubescent body, I loathed changing in front of others, but even worse was the class itself. I’ve never been very athletic or coordinated, so I’ve always known the shame of being picked close to last when it comes to choosing teams. One day, the gym instructor decided to start an alternative choice – girls who didn’t want to participate in the sport du jour could choose to instead follow a yoga or pilates video in room adjacent to the gym. Knowing that I wouldn’t face the same rejection from a DVD, I joined a handful of other girls away from the noise of kickball and competitive screaming. That’s where I first fell in love with yoga and pilates. In that quieter space, I started connecting to my body in a way I never had before. I felt stronger and more confident – at least for the 30 minutes or so that I was focused more on the DVD than the social structure of school.
Over the years, I’ve continued to dabble in yoga at various levels. Any time that life has started to feel truly overwhelming, yoga has always been there to help me find my center and connect with myself. As a perfectionist, I often have a disconnect between mind and body. Let’s just say, my expectations haven’t always been reasonable, and I haven’t always been kind to myself in my pursuit of perfection.
So why did I want to start this blog now?
Six months ago, I was engaged to be married, anxious, and extremely unhappy in almost every way. The space in time from then to now has already been quite the transformation. I left a relationship that was deeply unhealthy. I’ve spent time grieving my past failures and the pain that has lingered. I’ve analyzed my shortcomings, and I’m slowly trying to recover the self-esteem that I lost over the past few years.
Now, I’m ready to move forward and completely transform inside and out. It’s not healthy to continue to dwell on the past at this point, so now I’m going to take the lessons I’ve learned and use them as a springboard to a better, more healthy life. I’m not going to lie – it’s a bit scary to put all this out there publicly, but I truly believe that there are other people who are going through similar things and who need a companion for their journey. I want you to know that I’m here for you – whether you’re curious about yoga, looking for natural solutions to health and wellness, or even if you’re just feeling a bit lonely. We’re all sharing this human experience.
So, let’s begin!
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting motivational musings, information about yoga and yoga philosophy, reviews of all-natural products, and more. Let’s see where this journey takes us.