If the journey of a thousand miles does begin with one single step, then I suppose my pivotal single step began with a retail store in West Suburban Illinois.
During my mid-twenties, I began working for the yoga-inspired apparel company, lululemon athletica. With prior and successful retail management experience, I knew I would enjoy the professional role and the company culture. However, I was unaware of the transformative, quarter-life Soul Journey on which I was embarking.
Immersing myself in team leadership and devoted brand enthusiasm, I quickly became interested in the practice of yoga. I had always felt connected to my spirituality, and was conscientious of health and wellness. Yoga seemed a natural extension of these traits. As a result, a to-be-expected physical metamorphosis was accompanied by the most gratifying and visceral sense of: physiological awareness, peace, calm, and clarity.
I witnessed both my body and mind connect to my most balanced being. I noticed as my 20-something-self got centered, and I felt self reflective and free. This culminated into a permanent spiritual shift.
I understood the power of yoga because I had experienced it firsthand. I uncovered something too important to keep to myself.
Yoga turned from hobby to ritual. From then on, I knew this was a practice I wanted to pay forward. And so it began.