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Why I Do The Work I Do



MAMA + PAPA YOGI BEAR

As much as I began Yoga for my own personal inquiry and healing, two major influences are my parents.

Mama bear is funny, caring and giving to the extent that she puts others needs before her own. I do not have many memories of my mom when I was a child because she was sick for a long time. My half-sister, 15-years older then me, raised me from what I recall and I still feel her as a mother figure in my life. Up until this point, my mom has had two hip surgeries and is currently working with ankylosing spondylitis, osteoarthritis, and achilles tendinitis.

Don’t pity her though, she’s still spunky. :)

Papa bear is strong willed, disciplined and resourceful. Born in Sao Miguel, Azores, he came to Canada at the age of 11 and worked hard to make a life for himself. He used to weight train for a large portion of his life, and seeing this influence definitely was a key motivator for myself to staying healthy. He also brought my family from having little money into becoming a student of financial independence — learning how to budget, save and invest. Now owning several properties plus a home in Costa Rica. All of this on his own, and still going strong. Hardest worker I know.

So what exactly influenced me?

My mom: seeing her in dis-ease, lack of freedom in the body and on strong medication to deal with her ailments, turned on a light in my head to be the healthiest person I can be. When I have children, I want to be able to raise them without physical limitations. I want to promote healthy living through yoga, nutrition and positive psychology.

My dad: I want to prove to him that I can do what I love, on my own terms and be successful in doing so. I never had a healthy relationship with money, until a couple years ago I had a breakthrough and took responsibility for my life choices and actions.

I would not recognize any of these realizations without first having self-awareness. This is the gift of yoga. It brings to light what needs to be expressed in the soul, in our heart of hearts.

Where ever you are in your life, what ever show ups on a daily basis… have compassion. Sit with yourself and allow those thoughts to arise that you push back into a gloomy state. Pushing invites strain and struggle. Pull your negative thoughts into the moment and turn them into a positive perspective. It only take a one degree shift to change your entire outlook.

Have the courage to manage your mind. It's not about what happens to you its how you respond to those moments of happenings. xo C


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