Hey all! I’m Susie Simmons. I’ve been doing yoga and meditation for nearly 20 years. I’ve only recently started practicing in public at NWA Hot Yoga where I instantly felt at home. I mostly practiced at home with Youtube or on my own. I read as much as I could and then did what felt good. Following my intuition.
I wish I had not waited until I “was thin enough” to start practicing in public because all bodies are yoga bodies! I thought that I would not be accepted because I was larger bodied. But that could not have been further from the truth. It was within my first three classes that I knew this is where I belonged. Not only were there larger bodied people teaching but there were so many types people taking the classes. Also, no one is thinking about my grubby shirt because they are focused on their breathing and how many times we are going to have to do Utkatasana (chair pose) or how many Chaturangas there are.
With having been at NWA Hot Yoga for nearly a year I’ve continued to lose weight and get a good hold on my anxiety. Between my personal practice of yoga and meditation I have a better understanding of my emotions and thought processes. Thus I can better manage my emotions and my actions.
With all that being said, if you are reading this and debating if you should try yoga and/or meditation- the answer is YES! There is always a practice that you can do!
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