Emilie Franz (she/her)
I thought I would just be healing my body but what I discovered was own my inner resilience, calmness of mind, and a deeper sense of self-love.
Yoga has had a profound impact on my life. I began my healing journey after a debilitating car accident in which I was left unable to walk and sadly ill-equipped to handle the mental anguish and pain. But instead of giving up, I decided to try yoga and massage therapy. I thought I would just be healing my body but what I discovered was own my inner resilience, calmness of mind, and a deeper sense of self-love. This led me to become a licensed massage therapist and yoga teacher so that I could help others. I believe that helping others to find better self awareness and flexibility of mind and body is deeply empowering. I recently had a baby, and since then, my yoga practice had definitely changed. I feel very drawn to the quieter aspects of yoga Āsana. Savāsana is a time where I let go of my ego and the 'constant doing' mindset. Yoga Āsana really lets my nervous system unwind from the stresses of raising my child, while meditation and reflection on the spiritual aspects of yoga help me to connect more deeply with myself and others.
Recently I came upon this quote by Thích Nhat Hanh that really resonated with me:
"You are a flower in the garden of humanity. You are not something less than this. You belong to the kingdom of God like any other wonder of life. If you have the seed of joy, compassion and happiness in you then you know you have value."
I am a graduate of the 2017 Yoga School here at The Bhakti Yoga Movement Center, and I am so very grateful for all of the teachers here. May all Beings be Happy and Free!