I moved to Columbus, Ohio to enter drug and alcohol treatment a little over 2 years ago. I didn't know what to expect, but I remained open to trying new things to better myself. I decided it was in my best interest to be healthy in all aspects of my life, so when I was offered the chance to try Ashtanga yoga at Amethyst, a local treatment center, I jumped at the opportunity. I practiced once a week for nearly nine months while in treatment, then I was told about a scholarship through the Trini Foundation that I could apply for to practice more often and in a different setting. I loved that the practice was making me physically stronger, and something in my heart was compelled to try. I applied and was accepted for the scholarship.
I began practice at Ashtanga Yoga Columbus about three months ago. I was very intimidated when I first started. I thought I didn't have the right clothes, the right mat, or the right body type to be practicing yoga. I wasn't even aware that I had all of these insecurities within myself. The Ashtanga yoga practice brought to the surface age old wounds that I had buried and denied for years. I stuck it out when every fiber of my being wanted to run. It has been one of the most challenging and rewarding things I have ever done. My head and my heart are more connected and I am able to be kinder to myself. I am aware of my feelings and I believe yoga did that for me. I wonder if and how long I would have continued on before these things emerged. I am physically, mentally, and emotionally stronger than I've ever been in my life. I look forward to seeing how my practice and I evolve in the years to come. I can't imagine my life without the practice and I am eternally grateful to the people who made this all possible.
Written by Amanda, a Trini scholarship recipient