It all began when Kaitlin told me about this wonderful, new yoga class at our local gym. She talked about how spiritual and meaningful the class was to her and, most importantly, how the teacher would give a new spiritual message in each class, something to work on or put forward in your life. I was super excited and couldn’t wait to try out the class. Then, she warned me that there may be some humming and chanting during the class. Wait, chanting? What kind of chanting? Maybe this is too much for me?
Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of yoga. I attend yoga classes weekly and Namaste my way into the mind and body connectedness on the regular. This particular practice of chanting and different moves was something I hadn’t experienced before but I was excited to challenge my body. As the class started, I was quickly caught off guard when the chanting of “umms” and the repetitive humming filled the room. I struggled to keep my eyes forced shut in an attempt to refrain from bursting into giggles. If you know me, you know I am constantly giggling so holding this urge back is incredibly difficult. Eventually, I was able to calm not only myself, but my mind and quietly live in the moment. Taking in the spiritual aspect of practicing this form of yoga and learning more about appreciating the mind and soul in a way that I hadn’t practiced before.
I started to attend this class on a weekly basis with Kaitlin and it has become an important part of my life. I seem to learn more about myself in each class and we have developed a wonderful relationship with our teacher, April. She has shown us the importance of thinking outside the box and challenging our spiritual minds.
In the end, this experience taught me to give new things a try and it’s okay to be intimidated and uncomfortable in a new situation at first. I may have felt out of place in my first Kundalini yoga class, but I knew that I enjoyed the practice and I challenged myself to stick with it. Tuesday nights, you’ll find Kaitlin and I soaking up April’s spiritual knowledge and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
INTENTION: Challenge yourself to commit to something new.
On a typical weekend, you'll find Stacey playing on the beach, laughing with friends or jogging the strand of her Southern California neighborhood. As a co-founder of Your Beautiful story, Stacey loves to appreciate all the beautiful things in life, mimosas included. Follow her adventures with @staceylthomas or her passion to inspire the world with @beYOUtiful_story on Instagram.