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Chantel

 

Alcaraz

When I was 18 I took my first class of Yoga, and I resisted each and every moment.

I wanted to run, or hike or bike, not just sit and 'waste my time' on the mat.

I had always had a very reactive character. I had qualities that became perhaps coping mechanisms; they were my way of self-protection. I stumbled into the practices of Yoga when I was 18 and in college. I resisted EVERYTHING about it, yet somehow I continued to show up and practice in the midst of all of my objections. 

At the age of 22 I left the U.S. to look for more...

I had no idea what that even meant, but I left and followed my deep calling.

Life later took me to India, where I met my teachers and fell into the flow of teaching and studying. I studied Yoga, I studied Ayurveda, but do you think I immediately had integrity with these teachings in my lifestyle?

NO, absolutely not!!!

After many years of traveling alone, I began to build up more walls of protection and felt like I needed to be strong. I really lost the ability to reach out when I needed support. I lost the ability to admit that I, too, needed mentoring and guidance.

I continued to travel when I knew I needed to be still, I said yes when I needed to say no, and I ate foods that I knew I didn't do well with. I KNEW I could do better, but I didn't really 'get' how to change my habits. I didn't ever sit down and say "Hey, I know I can feel better; I know I can do better; Who am I becoming and what kinds of habits does THAT version of me have?"

I needed to get real, to sit down, be still and reflect. And so I did, I made changes very SLOWLY, and it's still something I strive for daily. Fifteen years later, I can't imagine my life without my practice, as well as the teachings of Ayurveda. Now at the age of 34, I aim for 1% improvements daily, and I feel more alive, steady, kind, loving and ready to be a compassionate human more than ever!

I now have a greater awareness and understanding of my love for nature and how it reflects back to me perfectly. I can see myself in the world and the world in me.

This is what I am here to share, which brings me here–ready to support, guide, and love YOU! I would love to support you in rediscovering your unique being!

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