YOGA, AN EXPRESSION OF SELF-LOVE BY TANISHA NICOLE
I am Tanisha Nicole and I am a lover of all things yoga! It may sound like a cliché, but it’s true. My yoga journey began when I was an undergraduate student studying at university. An unexpected health scare, toppled with anxiety over grades, relationships and life in general, forced me to search for healthy lifestyle choices I could implement to help manage the stress that I was experiencing as a new adult. A friend of mine suggested that I attend some community, yoga classes to help with the anxiety and increase my daily physical activity. Initially, I was reluctant. See, I was filled with all of these false ideas about yoga and the people that practiced yoga. Like so many others, I was concerned that my body type and lack of flexibility automatically excluded me from being a student. I shared that with my friend and she assured me that I had nothing to worry about. Curiously yet hesitantly, I journeyed on to my first class and began laying the foundation for a home and public practice that has sustained me for the past ten years.
On this journey, I have discovered that yoga is nothing about appearances nor is there anything but an open mind needed to begin. In collaboration with Jersey City Art Exchange and Miss Zoe’s Yoga, my intention is to provide you with a gentle yoga session that is inclusive and inviting. Our session is an expression of self-love and is a deliberate choice to tend to ALL of the parts of our being that are neglected, ignored or disregarded during the hustle and bustle of every-day life. Through meditations, deep breathing and movement through asanas, we will collectively work to heal and re-set so that we may manage our life’s work, whatever it may be, in a more harmonious way. I am honored to share my practice with you and look forward to seeing you on the mat!