Finding inner peace these days often seems impossible. From social media to all the turmoil taking place in the world it’s just hard to be still. After some tough times trying to adjust to sort of a new life, for the first time the girl with a million friends found herself emotionally alone. I felt like nobody understood what I was feeling. I didn’t want opinions, the “can I be honest” comments, the marriage counseling, the “oh you have a lot friends” blah blah. Despite of what some of those who live close to me believe, I am a very rational person so I knew I was the only one that could get myself out of that darkness. I started practicing yoga thanks to my friend Chesni. I noticed she practiced it everywhere she went, and her peace was enchanting. I wanted that, I craved that. So I reconnected with Chesni and started practicing yoga through monthly yoga challenges hosted by two famous yogis. I would practice every day. Although my problems needed more than just yoga, the practice slowly gave me “ME” back. I started becoming more patient and slowly learned to quiet the bad vibes created by me and those around me.
Handstands and headstands were huge for me because I have always thought they were impossible for me to achieve. They became my lifeline; proof that I could accomplish anything in life and pushed me to think bigger. The more I practiced them and documented the progress the more I learned about myself. For the first time I respected my body, and for the first time I appreciated the strength I have gained through my crossfit training. That strength that was allowing me to beautifully turn my life upside down on my own and by my choice.
Through yoga I learned to love myself on a deeper level. Fast forward to my 31st birthday…this year I wanted to celebrate in a way that I had never before. I wanted to give myself an experience that I would remember forever. Well, God must love me, because one of the famous Yogis I followed was coming to Houston to give a handstand course on April 9; my birthday!
Kerri Verna, better known as @beachyogagirl on Instagram is one of the most popular yoga inversion teachers out there. I started following her about two years ago when Chesni introduced me to her monthly yoga challenges, and now she was coming to town on my birthday!!! Obviously, I purchased tickets to her class and joined Chesni.The class was filled with different level yogis all there eagerly awaiting Kerri’s teachings. When she entered the room we didn’t even notice because she entered it as if she was a student herself, very humble. Her humility was admirable. Once she reached the front of the classroom, she introduced herself and welcomed us all to her workshop. I was smiling so hard my face hurt, pure joy. She gave us background information on her yoga practice, talked about her family, diet, and her best friend Kino (the other famous yogi). Throughout the class Kerri shared affirmations. She broke down handstands in a manner that anyone would be willing to try them. We worked out our core in an atmosphere filled with positivity and relaxation. It was the perfect birthday date. She made herself approachable to her students which in return made the class very interactive. Best $50 birthday gift ever!!! The fact that I was there with Chesni made it that much more special. Post class, Kerri hung around for pictures and chit chat. I asked as many questions as I could possibly ask haha. She was a doll. If you are contemplating practicing yoga I highly recommend you follow her and Kino. Both amazing, both wise.
Till next time,
-House of Alice Rose-