When I became a mum at the age of 21, I knew I had to make a living so I could offer my son the opportunities that were lacking in my life. I gave up on my dreams of exciting and creative jobs that seemed elusive and paid next to nothing, in order to put bread on the table! I got a job at a small accounting firm and decided to train as an accountant. That was one of the toughest challenges I ever faced; working full-time, while bringing up a child on my own and studying for exams at night.
I worked for many years at big Law firms but never found fulfilment in the City. I secured a financially comfortable life yet I was permanently stressed out and unable to enjoy the moment, always looking forward to the next holiday and hoarding possessions. Then one day, I hurt my back and much to my dismay, the physio banned me from my usual fitness routine and recommended yoga. I reluctantly turned up for my first class and suffered intensely. It seemed that everyone was more supple and bendy than me and my ego took a much more serious bruising than my body! But I persevered and this turned out to be a major turning point in my life. Yoga gave me the peace that I had searched for. It made me let go of wanting, striving and struggling. It made me look inside and begin to love and accept myself as well as love and accept others for who they were. Most importantly, yoga kept me going and believing even when I faced the darkest moments of my life, when my dearest mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
So, why Samsara? Because life is a journey of highs and lows that can leave us feeling disorientated and lost. Yoga is a way of helping us through challenging times, by giving us resources to deal with adversity. Yoga helped me to overcome my personal loss and turn it into the inspiration to help others who face similar challenges in life. It also helped me overcome the fear of failure and reach for a dream. I decided to defy that little voice at the back of my mind that poisons many of us with self-doubt, and start a new and exciting journey. It is a journey during which I hope to not just to fulfil my personal dreams, but to take others with me and help them reach their full potential too.