YogiCat, or in real life, Cat Rose Neligan, began her yoga journey in her early 20s.
It was not a smooth start. She started not because she was intrigued by these yogis standing on their heads or folded like human pretzels: she cam to the mat because it was the only physical activity she hadn’t hated.
She had tried it in her teens, through an experimental P.E. class (it sounded easy…!) but had neglected it until life forced her there.
I’ll stop writing in awkward third person now. Hi!
As much as I despise using words as hackneyed as ‘I didn’t find yoga, yoga found me,’ I have to admit… it’s true.
I was having a terrible time, fresh out of the playground of formal education, and hurled into the whirlwind of the working world. Not just any working world: agency life in London’s West End.
For many reasons (many of which I talk about over at The Creative Introvert) I had reached the end of my tether; I was snappy, I would cry randomly on public transport and in restaurants; I wasn’t a bundle of fun to be around for others let alone myself.
Then yoga happened. And it… changed me.
Slowly but surely, I started to feel like myself again. Not an enlightened being – far from it – but someone who could get their shit together for long enough to quit their job, take a tour of Japan, and return to start a life on my terms.
Since pulling myself together, I suppose I’ve feel I ‘owe’ something to yoga. Whatever that means.
I have no interest in ramming it down the throat of loved ones (though I do get intensely excited when someone shows an ounce of interest in the field) but if you’re someone who is looking to explore what’s possible when you have a regular yoga practise… then I think we could be friends.
What I’m hoping to do with this part of my own yoga journey is:
- Provide a source of yoga information and inspiration for those allergic to the ‘woo woo’ end of things
- Encourage people who have historically felt like yoga isn’t accessible, to find a practise that works for them
- Take my practise from my home (alone) to places all around the world and use it as an excuse to connect with like minds
Failing that, I’ll still have yoga.