The Mindset MashUp - the new podcast from Michelle Sorro; TV host on Extra, an author and a lifestyle strategist. Through her lively, unfiltered and heart-centered podcast, she aims to bring people closer to their best life.
This episode discusses the power of Yoga and how it proved to be a gateway for Michelle to connect with the truth and essence of who she is.
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Michelle first got a taste of yoga six years ago. Yoga helped her to reconnect to her soul, her purpose, her body and enabled her to love and appreciate her body and grounded her to the earth. Her life was completely transformed by yoga. She encourages people who may feel intimidated by poses and fancy stuff with girls and guys in bikinis, to try yoga, because there are numerous benefits they could get by going to yoga.
Michelle thought it would be incredible to give back through what had brought her so much value into her life. She entered into a 500 hour yoga teacher training program through a world-class company. Her first job was in a wonderful gym in Korea town where she taught two classes a week. However, after about a year of teaching there, she had burnt out. She wasn’t even taking yoga anymore. Realizing that she was never going to make a career out of it, Michelle decided to give up her classes.
However, even after giving up her classes, Michelle still felt that her soul was calling for yoga. Now, came the hard task of finding a yoga teacher. Michelle needed to find the right space where she felt safe, comfortable and honest. Michelle found her way back to a yoga studio, she had attended a few years back, called Hot 8 where they did all styles of yoga in a heated room.
Michelle started doing yoga again and she realized that she had fallen back into the beginner's mind. She couldn’t do what she did a year and a half ago. Her body just hadn't warmed up enough. It hadn’t been moved enough. She had to accept that she may never get back to where she once was. In fact, she had to realize that she should not be trying to go back to where she was. She had to honor where she was.
She hopes everyone will learn from how she responded to not being able to move into shapes that she could so easily do in the past. Michelle learnt that it is important to be patient with your body and with your mind. She didn’t beat herself up and she didn’t allow herself to shut down just because something was hard or just because she couldn’t do it. This gave her so much compassion for new yogis.
Michelle's evolution as a yogi has enabled her to stop comparing herself to others. She has learnt to honor where she is. If there's something that's hard or challenging, how we respond to it is everything. That big mindset shift has taught Michelle to truly be patient with the postures and has become an analogy for anything that she hopes to get in life, achieve in life, manifest in life. Her big mindset shift has been how she responds to the confrontation of the challenge of anything that's not quite where she wants it to be. Going back to the beginner mind has made her so grateful for the opportunity to try and she is now more appreciative of being able to move and flow at all.
It is very important to always be thankful. People should strive to be compassionate, patient and should honor their present moment. These simple principles should be applied to every area of life you may want to succeed in.
For people looking for yoga teachers it is important to find a teacher that resonates with what you're looking for. Excellent yoga teachers are those who are honest, real and walk their talk. You can find out a lot about teachers on Instagram, but ultimately just go with your instinct. Once you get in that class, don’t compare yourself to others, don’t look at your body if there are mirrors and judge it. Just honor the breath, honor the movement and you will reap the benefits of yoga.
Connect with Michelle
www.themindsetmashup.com- Personal website