• Mashal Afzalzada


January 22, 2018

When I first started doing yoga I fell in love. Im absolutely an all or nothing type of gal so when I told my boyfriend that I wanted to be an instructor he wasn't surprised. I wasn't really sure how I was going to make it work with my busy schedule but I'm a firm believer that if you really want to do something you'll make time for it.

You always hear people saying "I'm so busy doing all these things, I never have time!" Chances are if you're really that busy, you wouldn't spend your time telling other people how busy you are. You would just do it.

I knew that teaching yoga would bring some much needed positive energy into my life and that being able to encourage even one student to come to class would be worth it. Inspiring others inspires me. My girl Monica (whose classes I adored) mentioned how she’s leading the next training coming up and told me she thought I would be a great instructor. Next thing I knew I had finished the Corepower Yoga Sculpt training which, if any of you have ever gone through, is pretty intense. I learned how to lead the Yoga Sculpt class which was right down my alley- a heated power class with weights that'll have you drippin’ in sweat while listening to some bomb jams.

At the beginning of class you set your intention which is whatever resonates with you that day. Its intended to bring awareness and allow you to work it into your workout. Then at the end of class, we come back to our initial intention and thank our body for the last 60 minutes.

Being a hairstylist, I spend so much of my time taking care of others that at times I would forget to take a second, breath and take the time to bring awareness back to myself. And it feels pretty damn good every time. Remember that no matter how hectic your life may seem, you need to love and respect your body. Going to my mat reminds me how much I appreciate and cherish my body and that I deserve to live my best life. I give so much of my time to others but yoga is my time. Just me, my intention and my practice. No distractions, no excuses.

As someone who has anxiety, going back to my breath grounds me. Focusing on your breathing through meditation detoxifies your mind and body, increases feelings of presence, self awareness and relieves tension. Yoga has brought my life balance and harmony. No matter what obstacles come my way, I’m able to ground and center myself through my breath and my practice.

“ Focusing on your breathing through meditation detoxifies your mind and body, increases feelings of presence, self awareness and relieves tension

I’ll leave you with my most recent intention- Patience. Be patient with your mind and body, progress comes in many different shapes and forms. Remember that you’re exactly where you need to be, right here right now.


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