Celebrating International Yoga Month: A Student’s Perspective

September is International Yoga Month, and I’m thrilled to share the inspiring journey of Christine Elste, a dedicated yoga student at Joy Core Connections. Christine’s story is a testament to the transformative power of yoga, and she celebrates her 60th birthday next month, looking and feeling younger than ever.

Christine, a massage therapist with over 40 years of experience, discovered yoga after a back injury from a fall. Today, after a slow but steady recovery journey, she not only lives pain-free but also enjoys emotional balance, all thanks to her regular practice with the Joy Core Connection Yoga Program.

For Christine, yoga is a sanctuary for body and mind. In her own words, “Yoga provides the pause we all need to focus on our bodies, escaping the constant noise of our thoughts. It’s about doing good for your body within your own limits.”

Especially during the pandemic, yoga became Christine’s refuge. She found solace in her practice, saying, “In a world filled with anxiety, yoga offered me a moment to reconnect with my body and focus solely on myself.”

Christine emphasizes the significance of body awareness that yoga fosters. “We often neglect ourselves during the day. Yoga allows us to check in with our bodies, becoming more attuned to their needs.” This heightened awareness leads to better choices in our daily lives.

Yoga is not just about physical postures; it’s a holistic practice. Through stretching, slow breathing, exercise, and meditation, it nurtures both body and mind, cultivating joy from within.

Incorporating these practices into your life can yield profound results. Mindful breathing, for instance, helps maintain calm during stressful moments. As we celebrate International Yoga Month, let Christine’s story remind you that yoga is a journey of self-discovery, inner peace, and joy. It encourages you to prioritize yourself, connect with your body, and find serenity amid life’s chaos.

Francie Adamson, Joy Core Connection


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