Photo by: Kofi Morgan Photography
Yoga saved my life.
I don't know where I'd be without it.
You see I got into 3 car accidents in 4 years. Yes you heard that right...3. After my 2nd accident in 2008 my dear friend Melissa Antonio (she was a 'Thompson' back then), brought me to a yoga class to pick my spirits up and my life has never been the same.
I have continued to practice consistently for over 5 years in a studio setting and developed a disciplined home practice. It has introduced me to the deepest parts of my Self both light and dark, and has allowed me to open my heart to love my Self more. It has been my greatest teacher, that and my beloved cat, Mellow brought me closer to the purest love that resides in all of us.
After my devastating 3rd car accident I felt lost again, and fell to my knees. "What in the world am I doing wrong?" " What am I not doing?" "Tell me something!!! No more signs!" I had a therapist at the time tell me to look at my life differently, and to recognize, "What are you doing right Patricia? Because you keep being saved." At that moment my life was changed. For good.
Everything about that conversation led me back to my mat which essentially brings you back to your Self, and I took the time to investigate my life and pay attention to the things that felt right. Things that felt second nature to me like when am I most present, what brought me the most joy, consistently? That was it, "What in my present life brought me the most joy consistently?" I had never felt more presence in Savasana (Corpse pose), then I did at that time. I listened deep. And I trusted my practice and my intuition on a deeper level. I trusted my inner guide to lead the way because I was determined to know, "What am I doing with my life?"
I found the trust and the courage to listen to my teachers, and really listen this time to share my story, share my pain through teaching and offer love and healing through yoga. I never had the desire to teach yoga prior to these conversations, and although I had heard the encouragement before something this time was different. A deeper part of me was listening this time. There was a part of me that felt like this was bigger than me. That perhaps this is what I'm meant to do with my pain, my confusion, my doubt, share it.
So I did just that. I made a clear and conscious choice to get my Yoga Teachers Training as well as my Yin Training at the renowned Yoga Sanctuary in Toronto to water a seed I didn't even realize I planted, and I will forever thank my dear friend Melissa for genuinely caring for me. She brought me to my truth.
I am full of humility, honor and gratitude that I am on a path in helping others heal and encourage one to identify who they really are. It's a privilege, my greatest act of kindness and service that I recognize every class. I do not take it for granted.
Love is every where.
Open your heart, trust and listen.
Love is waiting for you.
With love and light!