I stepped onto my first yoga mat more than 17 years ago!
My yoga practice didn't become a daily ritual until about 11 years ago, because I was experiencing a lot of personal turmoil and growth. I turned to yoga to help me stay connected and I started to hear the voice in my head saying, "I would do this... or I would play this music..." I just had this knowing from deep within that this was what I was meant to do, and I eventually followed my heart."
Pigeon! On any given day, this pose feels different in my body. Sometimes I can fully recline and melt into the mat, other times, it's a struggle to hold. I've cried many times in this pose, sometimes not even knowing why, and it's a beautiful release of emotions and the muscles in the hips, back and legs.
Handstand! I just can't seem to trust myself enough to move away from the wall! Truthfully, as I get older, I realize that it's ok where I am, and that I don't have to be able to float up into a handstand in the center of the room. It would be nice though!
Honestly, I have so many... but if I can recommend one it'd be "Broken Open" by Elizabeth Lesser. I read this book during my first teacher training and it changed my life. For anyone looking for guidance and acceptance, check it out!