Meet our first Heartbreak Kid, Courtney Miller.
Courtney has been a student of mine for several years now, and I’ve had the opportunity to see first hand the growth that she has been through. When I went to San Antonio for the first time, she walked in to meet me, I felt this sense of connection immediately: it was like we already knew each other- two people on the same journey.
“Like many women, I spent my teenage and college years struggling with body image. In fact, I struggled with an eating disorder from middle school into my mid 20’s. No matter how many times I tried to break my habits of food restriction, I always fell back into the same routine.
The practice of Ashtanga Yoga had a profound impact on my ability to understand my disorder and to manage the root cause – anxiety. By continuing to practice, I was able to slowly chip away at my self-hatred and find the self-acceptance underneath. As I accessed that confidence and self-acceptance over and over again, I found myself feeling something I’d never felt before: an appreciation for my body.” ???
I’m not sure how I stumbled upon this podcast, but I feel so proud to call Courtney my teacher. I felt the same teacher/student connection with her when I attended her headstand workshop. I just knew I had more to learn. So I signed up for another one of her classes “Ashtanga Improv”. This was my first experience with Ashtanga. The practice made me forget and deal with the issues I was experiencing with my brother. He was an addict and an alcoholic. I was falling apart because I wanted to help him and I just couldn’t. Ashtanga helped me dig myself out of the depression and fear I was experiencing. But because there was nothing like this in downtown San Antonio, I practiced at home. It was so hard because I wasnt really sure what I was doing. I knew I needed “my teacher” Courtney. I’ve been attending her Mysore program in San Antonio, and its been an amazing experience. The community is growing and it just makes me so happy that her dream has become a reality. Thank you Courtney and Taylor ??.
Very good dialogue. Thank you, Taylor and Courtney.