My Journey to Yoga

square for web croppedMy spiritual journey intensified while listening to Joseph Campbell.  I was amazed that around the world our stories and myths have a common thread.  Here is one of my favorite Campbell quotes.  ”If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are — if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.”

Early in my career I chose to only take on only roles I enjoyed rather that those that might provide more money or a higher grade level.  Eventually I ended up working as a Project Manager in Information Technology (IT) almost always also teaching group fitness.   I moved into wellness when I was offered the add-on role of running a new wellness program for a 600 person data center.  I jumped at the chance and did that for three years in addition to my IT position.

I moved to a position managing the testing of a website for a top ten retailer.  I really loved the work but the 24×7 schedule took a toll on life work balance. I never thought of teaching yoga as I am not naturally flexible.  It appeared to me that all teachers could move into strange pretzel like poses that were way beyond my level. During my demanding work routine, yoga classes and retreats brought me an amazing clarity and calm.  I got a yoga teaching certification.  I left my 50 to 60 hour a week IT job.  I did some consulting and then was offered a role as a part-time Wellness Coach for a major corporation.  After five years and coaching over 1,000 people, I left that role.  I am now following my bliss with my speaking and writing business in addition to teaching fitness, yoga and meditation.