Since middle school my preferred method of exercise was running. Nothing compared to the "runners' high." I started practicing vinyasa yoga in 2013 as part of a training program for an upcoming half marathon. About a month before the race, the years of not finding a balance with such a high impact exercise method caught up to me and I developed a stress fracture in my hip. Despite my efforts to get back after rest and rehab, my love affair with long distance running came to an end.

We moved to the North Hills that fall and I found a local yoga studio in Wexford, Amazing Yoga. Walking into the studio, I had no idea the world that was about to open up for me. It was hard and intense but I felt invigorated. I had found my "runners' high" again. But where running had been an outlet for stress in my life, yoga was teaching me how to live my life. Every time I came to my mat I learned something new and I would take those lessons into my daily life; when to soften, when to push and most simple of all, how to breathe. It is the profound changes I have seen with my family, my work and most of all myself that brings me back to my mat. My son equates it to the Hulk turning back into Bruce Banner. I don't think it's quite that extreme but you get the picture.

In April 2017 I signed up for my Level 1 teacher training at Blue Spirit in Costa Rica with the intention to deepen my practice and take some time to reflect. I left with more clarity and peace than I've ever felt in my life. I knew if I could share my love for this practice with others, our world could truly be a different place. I'm beyond grateful to have that opportunity in a place that has become my sanctuary.

When I'm not on my mat, I take my yoga with me as an emergency medicine physician. I've shared 15 years with my husband Sean and we are blessed with 2 wonderful children, Dean (11) and Grace (2), and our Boston Terrier, Woody. I love to travel, spend time with friends, color and garden. A very full and happy life.

teacherAlysha KT