I am honored to be chosen for the Inner Fire Yoga student spotlight. I started practicing yoga a year ago when a professor from my program challenged our class to make a lifestyle change. She wanted us to make a change in our life, big or small, and practice it every day for one month. This experience helped us gain perspective into how it might feel when we, as therapists, ask a client to make a change in their life. I am currently a student in the Master’s of Occupational Therapy program at UW-Madison. For those who have not heard of occupational therapy (OT) before, the profession helps people throughout the lifespan participate in meaningful occupations/activities that they need or want to do through various interventions. OT looks at individuals through a holistic lens; emphasizing wellness, prevention, and life balance. OTs can work in school settings, hospitals, or clinics and are usually on teams with physical therapists and speech and language pathologists.
Upon starting the OT program, I was feeling overwhelmed and experiencing a great deal of stress as our program began with an intensive anatomy course and cadaver lab. I attended UW-Madison as an undergraduate and was very familiar with the campus; however, I found it difficult to adjust to graduate life. I was not sleeping well at night and tried multiple relaxation techniques. I knew I needed to make a change in my life if I was going to successfully make it through the program. To be a successful therapist, I first had to balance my life before I could assist others. Inner Fire Yoga opened a campus location in the Lucky building around the same time my professor challenged us to make a lifestyle change. I did not know very much about hot yoga, however a couple of my friends practiced regularly and encouraged me to go. I decided to challenge myse lf to workout daily, but wanted to spice up my workout routine which consisted of the treadmill and elliptical. Inner Fire Yoga was the perfect alternative and with its $30 Intro Offer, this one month trial allowed my to try the studio without having to commit to a membership right away.
Thank you Inner Fire Yoga staff and community!