How Yoga Changed My Life

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Camille Ralph Vidal is not only committed to helping the world drink French fluently as the Global Ambassador for St Germain, she’s a committed yoga practitioner sharing her love and story with as many as she can.

I started yoga a few years ago now and my relationship with yoga keeps evolving every day.

I was introduced to yoga by my mother. She was practicing regularly and kept saying “with the lifestyle you have, the travel, the cocktails, the long hours, the lack of sleep, the jet lag, you should really practice yoga”. I wasn’t really listening I guess, I was too busy and caught up in my life traveling around the world. But my body started sending signals; I was tired, my body was tired and I needed to find a way to balance the demands of a life spent in this industry. After ignoring it for a while I came to a realisation: I needed a better way to cope with the intensity of my lifestyle.

At first, it was my sciatica that was bothering me, getting pinched and causing me pain after either long hours sitting on planes or long hours bartending. My mother showed me some postures to do to release the pain and I guess that’s when I start becoming more interested. The moral of this story could be “always listen to your mother” but deep down we probably already knew that!

So I listened to my mum and I  went to my first yoga class, and I didn’t like it! It wasn’t the right place, the right type of yoga and the right teaching method for me at that moment. And that’s why I always say to people think of what you want from yoga. Are you practicing some very intense physical training and you want something more mellow to balance it? Is it to fix back pain or deal with stress & anxiety or is it simply a  workout and a physical challenge?

I like to practice loads of the different types of yoga with different teachers depending on where I’m at. So don’t give up because you didn’t feel transcended by your first experience trying different styles, studios, and teachers.

To go back to my story, at first like many people I got into it for the physical part, the challenge, the fun, the sweat, and the hope of getting a nice butt out of it.The practice has now become part of my life and I start hearing and understanding more the profound messages and going deeper into the layers of yogic practice.

Today I’ve learned so much about myself through yoga, learned so many tools that help me on the mat but also deal with life off the mat. Physically I have more strength than ever and more flexibility and I feel stronger not only in my body but in my mind and that is the beauty of yoga.

I feel more grounded and calm and the days I don’t practice. I’ve learnt the power of breathing and how much it can help you to get through physical and emotional challenges. Yoga makes me a better person bringing more awareness into myself and my surroundings, making me want to be kinder, more supportive and it enhances my relationship with others, making me feel more empowered and in control of my body and my mind.

Yoga is giving me this moment of peace that I need in this busy, hyperactive, fast moving world we live in. Some days on the mat are easy and others not so much but doesn’t matter. If today is the day to do that challenging pose you’ve been trying to or it’s a day  to be humble and give your body what it needs, even if this means resting in the child pose for most of the time, every day you practice you will learn about your body and your mind.

And all of this was within myself, yoga helps me to find a way to it, helping me find my core, to build my safe place within myself that I can come back to when needed and to anchor myself in life.

A desire to grow and evolve in my practice, combined with a desire to share more with the people around me about how beneficial practicing yoga can be in your everyday life, off and on the mat, led me to a new personal project, an exiting journey that after months of looking at different options I decided to do.

This week I will be flying to Goa, India to do my Yoga Teacher Training Course, a month of intensive learning to deepen my practice, my knowledge and keep this journey through yoga going. I’m heading there with no other objective than having an open mind and an open heart, ready to learn and grow and excited to be able to share it all with you when i’m back in January.

Stay tuned mes amis.

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