Awakening Through Yoga:
My Personal Journey

By: Julie Miller, Guest Columnist, InSeason


I STOOD IN MY FIRST YOGA CLASS THINKING “WHAT AM I DOING HERE? YOGA WON’T BE
RIGHT FOR ME. I LIKE TO EXERCISE AND SWEAT. I WANT TO WORK HARD.” I CAME BECAUSE
OF THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF A FRIEND AND TRAINER WHO THOUGHT THAT I WOULD LOVE IT.
RELUCTANTLY, I WENT TO MY FIRST CLASS. I NEVER KNEW HOW WRONG I COULD BE.

As unenthusiastic as I was when I entered class that first time, I left feeling quite differently and quite good. All week I waited impatiently for my second class. I couldn’t wait to go, and I haven’t stopped since. I owe my deepest gratitude to that first
teacher and guiding light. Although I did not realize it at the time, I was feeling isolated and alone and was searching for something to fill that space. Yoga soon filled the spiritual link that was missing in my life, and was the exercise I needed not only for my body, but for my soul. It invited me to become aware of the greater connection that exists between all of us, and to consider the possibility of something greater guiding me. As I became aware of this, my isolation transformed into a feeling of never being alone. The awareness of being guided by a greater force gave me the ability to look deep inside, the strength to figure out my true purpose in life and the confidence to turn my vision into my reality. Through the practice of yoga, I have learned to listen to the instincts that guide me, and to make decisions and trust my inner voice on everything from what to eat to what to do with my life.

With a professional background in business and elementary education and a full-time job as a stay-at-home mom, it was at first hard to accept my growing desire to become a yoga instructor. Somehow, I had to find a way to be there for my children, without sacrificing yoga and the well-being it brought me. While I had learned to trust my body and listen to my heart, letting go of self-judgement proved to be a greater challenge. “What would others think of my training to become a yoga teacher? Could I trust myself enough to pursue this passion? Could I find the balance between serving myself and my family?” Making the decision to pursue yoga professionally was a risk that brought up plenty of fear, and ultimately yielded plenty of rewards.

Thus began my journey with yoga. There is not a single aspect of my life that has not changed as a result…my mind is calm and my soul is at peace. It is from this awakening that Kula Yoga Center was born – a place where students of all ages and levels could practice yoga. Dedicated to providing a warm, inviting atmosphere for the exploration and development of yoga, I am committed to helping students experience life to the fullest and find harmony between body, mind and spirit. While most people who come to yoga will not choose the path of becoming a teacher as I have, they will have the opportunity to explore, strengthen and discover their true selves. They will work hard, they will relax and their spirits will soar.

AT KULA YOGA CENTER, WE HOLD THE DOOR OPEN FOR STUDENTS TO AWAKEN, BECOME UNITED WITH THE LARGER FLOW OF LIFE, FIND BALANCE AND FEEL GOOD INSIDE AND OUT.

Reprinted from InSeason, A publication of Terry Walters,
Spring 2005