Where do I even begin... My journey with Fireshaper, or rather yoga in general, technically began back in March. It's surreal because that feels like many years and different "versions of myself" ago. I was a completely different person both mentally and physically back then. It's overwhelming how much can change and how much one can learn in such a short period of time.There's one memory I look fondly back to, which continues to drive my ambitions today. One of my first classes back in March was spent mostly sitting and laying down, just trying to pace myself and transition into the heat. I remember watching the students in front of me getting into Standing Bow. I watched in awe and disbelief at how they got into that pose with grace and ease. Back then, that seemed so impossible andunobtainable for me- it was difficult for me to work through my structural imbalances, and even more difficult to keep the motivation to keep trying. But I did anyway, because it is not in my nature to shy away from challenges.Through time and consistent practice, I learned that with enough work ethic and effort, anything is within reach. Through yoga, I learned how to believe and how to achieve. Today, I am a work/study at the North Haledon studio- and yes, I can actually do Standing Bow now. :) Who would have thought? When you perceive yoga as a parallel reflection to your life off of the mat, you gain an understanding about how you respond to the stressful and difficult situations in real life. Through this, I genuinely believe that there isn't anything I cannot do now. This would have never happened if it weren't for all of you. Yes, I really do mean YOU. I'm grateful and proud to have had plenty and wonderful experiences at FireShaper amongst incredible teachers and practitioners. Your energy and passion continues to be an inspiration as I greet you at the front desk and when we practice, as one, in the yoga room. The impact you all have had on my life is truly immeasurable, and I hope you never take that for granted. Teachers, I hope you all sleep better at night knowing that you've greatly improved the quality of life for so many, including mine. Thank you.Here's to new experiences and milestones in 2013! Enjoy your celebrations responsibly! Namaste.
- George Aliaga