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As a public school teacher, for years I lived in my head, giving little thought to the rest of my body. When I discovered yoga, and began practicing it regularly, it brought me a restoring sense of connectedness and balance. The way I must be aware of my breath passing in and through me, and commune with every muscle to lengthen and bring it mindfully into position, brings me, in the end, to a silent, meditative place that is nothing less than spiritual---a deeply satisfying connection of body, mind and spirit that is wholeness.

I practice Hatha Yoga with a Svaroopa influence, which was developed at the Master Yoga Academy in LaJolla, California. This was a good connect for me, as I have a larger body type, and it's gentleness and the props that it uses, such as blankets and blocks, made yoga more accessible to me.