Courtney Long

Courtney Long

Instructor

I discovered yoga a couple of years ago in a random and curious exploration for another form of fitness. As a runner, swimmer and kickboxing junkie, yoga seemed less challenging than what I was accustomed to, but sounded fascinating just the same. After my erratic and wobbly practice, I exited the doors of a quaint studio in Savannah, Georgia with a conflicting conclusion. Considering the feeling in every cell of my body, how could I EVER do that again, but, somehow this feels different…so, why shouldn’t I? Thus, my yoga journey commenced and after immersing myself in power vinyasa, I felt as if I had truly discovered my perfect fit. Not only did it suit my physically challenging lifestyle, but it was empowering, graceful and allowed me to find something rather strange within myself: stillness.

This lifestyle didn’t last long however and soon it became part of a strict regimen. I was attending college full time, exercising EVERY day, eating one meal per day and rarely sleeping. I lost a sense of yoga’s true purpose and it ended up facilitating my habit of “overdoing it”; a check that my body cashed dearly in 2009 when I was diagnosed with Juvenile/Type 1 Diabetes. I graduated with my Bachelor’s one week later, moved to North Carolina with my husband, unpacked and finally grieved. It was at this time I not only rediscovered my passion for God and gratitude for life, but at precisely the same moment that I realized that yoga instilled something in me that traveled far beyond physicality. I came to a realization that I needed to slow down and finally gave myself permission to do just that. I began to take care of my body, finding equanimity between exercise, diet and sleep. I began to savor life and express gratitude for my numerous blessings. I was accepted to my Graduate Program this past year and since I was so very inspired by the beauty of yoga in my life, simultaneously enrolled in Teacher Training. I completed my certification in October and am thrilled to have the opportunity to teach others! This is only the beginning of a journey of self-discovery, peace and love. A gift for which I am very thankful.

We each make our own decision to move forward, to embark on a path to inspiration and empowerment. Yoga holds something for each of us, regardless of what we may feel the first time that we try it. It’s a beautiful exploration of body and mind, the question is; are you up for the challenge? With that in mind, I look very forward to meeting each and every one of you and sharing in your personal journey. Namaste.

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