I started Yoga about twenty years ago without knowing why I was getting into it. Even after taking my first Yoga class, I immediately started savoring the benefits of this practice. Soon I found myself on a path of self-discovery that has led me into what appears to be a lifetime of self-study.

I share how Yoga has helped me better tune in and respond to my body’s needs, feeding it nourishing foods when I feel hungry, allowing it to rest when I feel tired, and giving it exercise and adventure when I feel the need to liven up my day. I have also developed more compassion toward myself which naturally seems to overflow into more compassion for others. My newfound sense of well-being I have found through my yoga practice has given me a new sense of connection as well as gratitude.

Yoga has become a way to peel layers of misperception about/confusion in myself, revealing, beneath those layers, my true self. Yoga led me to uncover, and later accept, some parts of me that I had neglected or refused to accept for a long time.

Gradually, my yoga practice started positively affecting the rest of my life. For instance, I would find myself, unwittingly, paying attention to my breath throughout the day. I would also try to stay aware of my thoughts and feelings at any given moment. I also began to turn within for guidance and, with much trepidation and little faith at first, I slowly discovered the trustworthiness of my own intuition. I progressively felt more at home in my body and I started to relate to it more as a place for my soul than just as the surface of my person. My body, to my surprise, felt as the house of my spirit; a concept I had never before grasped. I started to treat my whole being with more respect, something I had struggled with in the past.

Along with assisting me in befriending my body, yoga has helped me learn to sit with uncomfortable emotions. I used to become disoriented whenever strong emotions such as fear or anger arose. Yoga has helped me to now come to the mat without any judgment of my feelings but instead with an attitude of acceptance of those feelings. In that way, I ride waves of discomfort, breathing through times of intense feelings. I have been able to build a trust that I can sit with discomfort and even open up a little more space where I feel stuck. Yoga has taught me that those sensations are temporary and that in time they will pass. Because I am stuck today doesn’t mean that I’ll be stuck for life. I now know and can remind myself that everything is in constant change.

Every day, when I go teach, I feel honored to be able to share my Yoga experience and knowledge with other people.

I share how Yoga has helped me better tune in and respond to my body’s needs, feeding it nourishing foods when I feel hungry, allowing it to rest when I feel tired, and giving it exercise and adventure when I feel the need to liven up my day. I have also developed more compassion toward myself which naturally seems to overflow into more compassion for others. My newfound sense of well-being I have found through my yoga practice has given me a new sense of connection as well as gratitude.

What Yoga Means to Me

Yoga has helped me establish a deeper body-mind connection.

 

Thanks to Yoga I can listen to my inner voice (intuition) and experience a sense of confidence and self-trust I never experienced before.

 

Yoga has taught me to see myself as a whole individual, not just as a body that has to look a certain way to fit in with society’s expectations.

Yoga has allowed me to develop mindfulness, helping me better tune in and respond to the needs of my body, mind, and spirit. I now lead a much more balanced life.

 

Yoga is teaching me that we are all one, that everything and everyone is connected.

 

 

Yoga has given me the strength to overcome some of my life challenges, such as loss or fear, and to develop a sense of trust that everything will work out in the best possible way.

 

Yoga has given me patience to work consistently at getting rid of obstacles that show up in my path, whether they are emotional, mental and/or physical, Yoga has given me and is still giving me the tools to face and overcome these obstacles.

 

 

Victoria Garcia Drago discovered Yoga in 2000 in her quest to find a deeper connection between her body and mind. Certified (500+ hrs) through the Yoga Studio of Barbara Benagh, who was her main teacher for nearly 20 years. Victoria has been sharing her knowledge and passion for Yoga with students of many levels, including professional athletes, for almost 20 years.

Victoria uses her creativity and curiosity to explore innovative and original sequences to open up physical as well as mental blockages. Victoria takes students through a journey of exploration of the body, mind and spirit, inviting students to explore the union of the three through conscious movement and breath awareness. Her thorough and step-by-step explanations allow the most timid and inflexible students to mindfully get into poses they didn’t even know they could do. Victoria’s secondary teacher is Shiva Rea, who has inspired Victoria to ignite her own sacred strength (inner and outer) and encourage her students to do the same. In 2011, Victoria completed Shiva Rea’s Chakra Alignment Certification. Victoria was part of the research team at Boston Medical Center Yoga for Low Back Pain. This research lasted 4 years and it was to give Yoga more scientific credibility, documenting how Yoga can help reduce chronic back pain. Victoria taught Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain to study participants.

Victoria has produced a bilingual (English-Spanish) Yoga DVD, available on our DVD page. Victoria is also certified through Boston University in Medical and Legal Interpreting and Translation.

In addition, Victoria has a B.S. in Holistic Nutrition, and has finished her M.A. in Mind-Body Integrated Studies at the University of Natural Medicine. To keep a deep connection to her roots in Argentina, Victoria dances Argentine Tango, her love for this music/dance has inspired her to create a very unique rhythmic flow where Tango (chill) music is incorporated in her Yoga classes.

In 2014, Victoria was named as one the 50 Hottest Trainers in America by Shape Magazine.

Additionally, Victoria has also completed a Reiki Level 1 & 2 Certification.

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Victoria Garcia Drago

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