Yoga Story: Nunzia Gutierrez
1. What first brought you to yoga?
Since I was 5 years old, I danced ballet until I was 17. Yoga had always interested me because it had a “dancey” look at the time. I had heard from others that it’s a great form of exercise. I began attending classes when I was about 18 for the intention to regain the flexibility I had as a dancer. I continued on and off for several years, realizing that yoga is more that just flexibility. I was gaining strength and mobility, developing patience and acceptance, and had an overall sense of well-being during the times I was practicing. It wasn’t until the past two years that I started to deepen my practice not only physically, but mentally and emotionally. It helped me cope with my anxiety and depression, and still continues to do so today. Yoga has taught me love and compassion for everyone around me, but most importantly for myself.
I now feel that I am ready to deepen my practice even further, so I joined the Yoga Teacher Training program! I feel like I truly found my path with yoga, and I want nothing more than to be able to share it with others.
2. What do you love most about yoga?
I love that there is no end to yoga. You can always deepen your practice further, no matter how long you’ve been practicing. There are so many different parts to yoga that you can immerse yourself in.
3. What is your favorite pose and why?
My favorite pose always depends on my intention for my yoga practice. Backbends are so invigorating; I can never get enough of them! Ultimately, though, I think Tadasana is the best way to reflect on the changes taking place in my body during practice. It helps me stay consciously aware of how my body feels, and it brings me back to my intention.
4. What do you do to stay inspired or motivated in your own practice?
I try to make conscious decisions that will benefit my well-being. I ask myself, “What can I do to improve myself today?” “What can I do to thank myself?” “What can I do to LOVE myself?”
These questions can be asked during asana practice, during meditation, or in my life off the mat.
5. Feel free to share anything else if you like.
I’m so thankful that I have found a great community at Pilgrimage of the Heart in which I can share my love of yoga. The kind energy from, not only the staff, but of the fellow practitioners as well, makes me so confident in my decision to be part of the Teacher Training Program.