How Yoga Helped Me Create a Life With More Freedom

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While talking with my husband the other day about our impending move Austin(4 days!), we started to realize that over the past two years I’ve literally switched up every single aspect of my life. I got married, I went vegan, I became a yoga teacher, I quit my job to start my own web design business, we sold the first house my husband and I ever bought and now I’m leaving my home state of California to move halfway across the country.

Seriously, how did all of that happen in only two years?

I think it all started when I decided to sign up for yoga teacher training. At the time, I was working full time as a web developer for an ad agency and commuting 22 miles back and forth across the city every day. I enjoyed the work I was doing and I was learning so much every day. But I knew the commute and lack of flexibility that comes with a full-time job was wearing me down. I knew that I would need a change at some point and so I started thinking of alternatives.

Despite some self-doubt at first, I chose to dive into teacher training wholeheartedly. One of my initial reasons for taking on this new endeavor was to develop a new skill set that could eventually be another source of income. This wasn’t a financial decision. For me, it was a step toward having more freedom.

After I graduated from teacher training, I started teaching regularly and diving even more into my personal practice. This practice was not just physical asanas, but also self-study and doing work on an emotional and spiritual level.

Through all of this work, practice and exploration my awareness kept coming back to my intense desire for more freedom and to follow a path that is aligned with my values.

In January of this year, I decided to leave my full-time job to start my own business, Code Love Creative.

This choice was not easy, nor was the decision made overnight. I had spent months – no, YEARS – dreaming, planning, scheming, visioning and manifesting the idea of working for myself.

I believe that signing up for teacher training and diving into a yoga practice helped me to a place where I was able to listen to my intuition, allowed to dream, encouraged to face my fears and most importantly asked to take action.

When I started to ask myself what I truly wanted, when I forced myself to set aside my fears about whether or not I could ever truly achieve those things – THAT is when I started to create some real change in my life.

These days, I have the flexibility to set my own schedule, work on projects that I love, with people who I enjoy being around. I can go to a yoga class in the middle of the day if I want to. This flexibility helped facilitate our move to Austin, where we will have a lower cost of living which provides more financial flexibility. Being able to work from anywhere also opens up more opportunity to travel – and I plan on returning to Los Angeles often to visit my friends and family.

I’m so grateful that I found yoga, that I overcame my fears about teacher training and that I allowed myself to dream of a better life. 


Exercise:

Is there something you’re afraid to let yourself dream about? Ask yourself, “If I could do anything in the world, what would it be?” Immediately write down anything and everything that comes to mind. Don’t worry about how plausible it is, don’t worry about the “how.” Just write. Let me know how it goes – I would love to hear about your big dreams.


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