I know we have a lot of new members at Midtown Yoga Kitchener Waterloo and I'd like to take a minute to introduce myself.
MYKW has been a part of my life for almost 13 years. I started my journey on August 5th, 2008. From then my life went down many paths, my only constant Bikram Yoga.
To sum it up back then: I was lost. I was engaged to be married, unhappy, scared, unsure, fearful for the future, depressed, afraid (all on the inside) on the outside I was smiling.
Bikram Yoga asked me to ask myself - what do you want, who are you, who do you want to be, how can you get there?
In winter of 2009 I left my 10 year relationship (terrified) and began to explore who I was and become stronger internally.
In 2010 I then became a Correctional Officer (CO) and worked in a men's Federal prison for 7 years. During this time, in 2012 I was blessed to discover Namaste North and my Bikram Yoga journey continued.
In Spring 2013 I went to Bikram Yoga teacher training. At this point in time I had severe stage fright, and my anxiety made it almost impossible for me to speak in public. I persevered (you can too) and began to teach in the summer of 2013 while I still worked in the prison for another 4 1/2 years.
During my time teaching and working as a CO, I had many ups and downs. I was happy (sometimes) but felt something was missing, never could I quite pinpoint it. I kept working on myself, asking all of the questions, exploring who I was trying to figure how I could be fulfilled. On and off I would feel depressed, deep down I knew I wasn't on the right path.
In Fall of 2017 unsure of what the future would hold, I quit my job as a CO. This was no easy decision, but I had gotten to a point that being untrue to myself was causing me to feel so much sadness and anxiety (I would be balling my eyes out on route to work yet another midnight shift. To me this was an indication that I needed out). My mind was screaming sometimes saying “I would rather DIE than keep working for a paycheque for the next 30 years”
On the day that I handed in my resignation letter: I was 35 years old, no stable job, no partner, no real savings, no house to call my own... but I FELT free. To me that was all that mattered.
In Spring of 2018 an opportunity appeared, and at first I said NO (because of fear). After a period of time (basically where I coached myself to overcome self limiting beliefs) I re-visited the offer.
In January 2019 I became the owner of Midtown Yoga Kitchener Waterloo (MYKW).
My mission is to help you see beyond your own self limiting beliefs, to give you the tools to look at yourself in the mirror and discover deep down who you really are. My driving force is your health and well-being, my purpose is YOU.
I am looking forward to getting to know you more, and expanding our services to continue to bring the most value to you. The newest venture is a collaboration between MYKW and Namaste North and between MYKW and Humans of Bikram Yoga. Keep on reading to stay in the know.