A little bit about my health journey – I have been active most of my life. In high school, I participated in team sports – badminton and tennis. Unfortunately, I also developed unhealthy body image issues and there were some days where all I ate was a small bag of carrots. Luckily for me, my love for my mom’s cooking didn’t result in developing a more serious disease. In college, I was absolutely terrified of the freshman 15 and would work out A LOT to counter the dining hall buffets and empty alcohol calories. I started weight lifting and became a gym rat. I slowly picked up nutrition information from friends and health magazines. It was also in college that I started running. It started with a couple of miles around the track to running six to seven miles around the track at 11 pm nightly (yes, I’m crazy for running that many laps). It was time that I set aside for myself to clear my mind and at the end of every run, I laid out on the track and just enjoyed those glorious, endorphin filled moments. After college, I didn’t run for a few years thanks to plantar fasciitis (though I didn’t know I had it at the time) but picked it up again in graduate school after rehabbing my foot. I have been running since and have done over a dozen half marathons with my best time being 1:43 (still deciding whether to tackle the full thing!).
My yoga journey also started in college, although it was definitely not love at first sight. I took a class at the university’s gym and hated it. It was a gentle yoga class and I was so bored. I didn’t reconsider yoga again until graduate school when I started training more competitively for my races. Everything I read in running magazines pointed to yoga as a great cross training activity. I knew there a lot of different styles of yoga so I started doing a lot of research. I stumbled across CorePower Yoga and took advantage of their free 1st week offer and have been hooked ever since. I love the fact that they had locations in San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles – it made it easy to keep a consistent yoga practice when I had options everywhere I went. A consistent practice was also made possible thanks to gift cards for holiday and birthday presents. I had always loved the way yoga made me feel and wanted to be able to help others feel the same. It wasn’t until after graduate school when I was having a rough patch with my work life and unemployed that that I embarked on yoga teacher training. I am a certified yoga instructor through CorePower Yoga and currently teach at CorePower Yoga, 24 Hour Fitness, and Equinox in San Francisco part time. To learn more about my public classes or private/corporate yoga sessions, please check out www.serenangoyoga.com.
My day job and other passion is the nonprofit world, which I have worked in for nearly a decade so I’m pretty familiar with living paycheck to paycheck. The intent of this blog is to share any resources, tips, and my experiences in navigating the running and yoga world on a very limited budget.