15 things I wish I would have known about yoga.

15 things I wish I would have known about yoga.

I can vividly remember being just about 5 years old watching my mom do a shoulder stand in our living room.  Our house was in a small town in Long Island, New York and we had an old brown lamp that flickered in the room as my mom held her pose.  It was a crisp, cold winter night and I can remember the feel of the carpet under my little five-year-old legs, the glow of fireplace, flicker of the lamp, and the warmth I felt cuddled inside watching my mother in her practice.
I had no clue what she was doing or what any of it meant, but I knew it felt good, I felt surrounded by love in that moment.
Many years later, as my own yoga practice began to develop, I entered into the class with that same feeling of pure warmth & love. 
However, now that I am an adult and more space has been put between myself and the innocence of a child, I also entered the class with fear, doubt, and feeling self-conscious in those tight yoga pants.  I felt that there was a stigma around what it meant to be a “yoga girl” and I never really wanted to fully associate with it.
I wanted to keep my distance from the yoga world in order to prevent myself from going off the deep end into a yogi life. Why you ask? Honestly, all those people seemed so happy, so peaceful, so full of love and joy that it quite frankly, scared the shit out of me.  The peacefulness in their body’s, movements, and lifestyle couldn’t be real, could it?
I decide to go on a journey to discover the truth behind what it meant to live a yogi lifestyle.  After over a decade of personal growth work, yoga classes all over the country, delving into the world of real food & holistic health, I have taken the leap to attend a 3-week Yoga Teacher Training immersion course at Asheville Yoga Center in Asheville, North Carolina.
The 3-week yoga curriculum both excited and scared me.  Optimal energy space for massive growth.
The small town mountains called my name.
The 17 local farmer’s markets pulled at my heart and taste buds.
John, the kind man behind the your yoga email address, made me feel confident about my decision as he answered my questions with grace & ease.

Now that I am 2 weeks into the my Yoga Teacher Training intensive course, here is what I wish I would have known before showing up.

I wish I would have known…

  • That yoga is so much more than physical movements. Asana (the physical postures of yoga) is only 1 of the 8 limbs that make yoga what it is. Yoga is a path, a lifestyle, a way of being.


  • Yoga is as much about who you are on the mat, as who you are off the mat. Are you loving, kind, compassionate, and true to your dreams and desires? Do you play a role in the world that makes the world a happier, safer, more loving place to be? This is what yoga teaches you to be.


  • I wish I would have known that by linking my breath with my movements, I could access an untapped energy reserve inside myself, always available and present.
  • Yoga can be the hardest workout I’ve ever had, or the sweetest, most gentle restorative activity.


  • That the entire goal of this practice is to build myself up so powerfully and healthfully that I can serve as a vehicle to help & love others.
  •  That the highest personal relationship I could possibly have with myself is one of purity (non-attachment to my physical form), contentment & joy, self-discipline to live a life of truth, self-awareness, and surrender to a higher power.


  • About the 7 chakras and how each chakra is correlated with a gland and emotion in the body. This is the place to look if one is feeling off balance and misaligned, physically, emotionally, or spiritually.
  • That the most powerful meditation I can do is the silent repetition of “I Am.” I am Source. I am Light. I am Peace. I am Love. 


  • That live music and yoga go together like peanut butter & jelly.
  • That the role of a yoga teacher is to connect the students to a higher place in themselves through the use of meditation, movement, and insights on truth, love, and connection.
  • About Ayurveda and how by learning about what dosha you are, you have a complete insight into how to physically, emotionally, and nutritionally best serve your unique constitution.
  • How to teach chair yoga so that anyone, anywhere, of any age can also experience the profound effects of this practice.
  • That with long days, shared passions, and unified dreams, 24 strangers can become family.


  • That yoga is solely about creating a safe environment for people to feel safe & loved.
  • I wish I would have known that I’ve had the keys to Heaven all along.


 And now I do. 

Do you practice yoga? If so, I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below!

Much love from my heart to yours. 



  1. Beautiful entry, Carly!! I love how you’ve been approaching yoga with such a beginner’s mind (catchphrase of our training!!!) and really embodying the spirit of oneness. 🙂 You’re a beautiful lady with a beautiful mind and I consider myself lucky to be spending time with you.

  2. amazing carlyia! so so so so proud of you! i love you so much and every word of this entry. you’re already a wonderful yoga teacher- your future yoginis will be so lucky to be in your class. hope i can attend one day. xoxoxoxoxo shout out to my india soul sista, namaste!

  3. Carly, loved this blog post! It’s been so amazing to hear your journey over the past few weeks. I love working with you, and as I dip my toe into yoga for the first time, I can’t wait to see what I learn from the practice. Thanks for sharing with us!!

  4. I love everything about this post. I have been seriously considering doing a yoga teacher training, as I have continued to deepen my practice over the last 10 years, but find doubts entering my mind all the time. I know I will do it but it’s working up the courage to just go for it. Your honest and beautiful writing makes me excited to start that journey sooner rather than later. Thank you. I look forward to reading a lot more from you!

  5. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! So excited for you! You have inspired me to continue to explore my options of including yoga into my PT practice for people with physical & health limitations. Would love to chat sometime about it! HUGS!

  6. I wasn’t sure that was you on the big rock over looking the water. I used a magnifying glass to look for your tatoos! It’s you alrighty!! Amazing picture.

  7. This reignites my interest in attending a yoga training. I’m definitely interested in diving deeper! I’m glad you’re loving it so 🙂

  8. Thanks for the shout out! So glad that the music serves.

    – Billy Jonas

  9. This is beautiful. I was hoping to attend the 3 week immersion this March but it wasn’t in the cards for right now maybe this summer.
    I have done a teacher training 2 years ago, thank you for reminding me all the things that draw me towards that path. Your list is encouraging and speaks well on behalf of the Asheville Yoga Center and I hope to find myself there even more than before.
    My favourite part, wishing you had of known you had the keys to heaven all along.
    So nice.
    All the best to you and the rest of our family there at the Center!

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