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Yoga Saved my Life



Yoga saved my life, but, I didn’t know I was drowning


 

In 2015 I was working in a residential facility with people who did not like their jobs, their clients, and especially me - it was a difficult space to manage, but I worked hard to fulfill my role. I was a supervisor in an all-male program that supported 3 clients with severe and persistent mental illness, significant addiction issues, and other developmental disabilities. To say it was a challenge would be putting it mildly


I had recently lost my job at a different residential facility that I worked at since 2010 and was not happy with the outcome of the transition (I worked for the same people, just different agency names and different sector) I went from working with people who were good at their jobs and clients that were manageable (for a group home that is) to space where no one was qualified and/or no one cared


The stories I could tell about some of the incidents that happened to me - I could honestly write a book it was so insane


Staff arguments, inappropriate behaviors, and having to let people go from there positions on the spot - omg, what a friggen day that was


Unhappy with my current role, I applied to the University at Buffalo for the Advanced Standing Master Degree program and was accepted, to my pleasant surprise!


After several tough months and really dangerous situations - our clients were REALLY sick - I made a tough decision and resigned from my position at that agency - since I was earning a decent salary (not for the work we did though), many people thought I was crazy - As per usual though ;)


This is around the time I found the gym and yoga and had begun my MSW program at UB. The program was 16 months and FULLY on-line. I dedicated almost all of my time and effort to that program and graduated with honours


I was a full-time student in an accelerated program that I completed by myself in my bedroom - which was a challenge - to say the least!


To complete this program in the 16 months, you were required to complete a full-time placement of 500 hours - which was 4 days a week from September until May, on top of a full-time courseload


During this time, I volunteered every Monday morning in a Yoga studio in St. Catharines in the Child Minding room - I watched yogi’s children while they practiced different classes. The children ages were from 6 weeks old to 12, somedays I had 3 kids, somedays I had 8



This was my first experience in a yoga studio and I haven’t looked back!



I spent 12 months in that position and there are so many great things I learned while I was there, mostly I learned the profound effects that a regular yoga practice can have on your mind, body, and spirit


Yoga by Sarah and those little people changed my life - I won't name names but, I LOVED that experience with my whole heart!


During this time, I needed a part-time job as I ran out of my savings - who knew a graduate program was so expensive?! Probably everyone but me!! So I started working in a bakery 3 or 4 times a week to supplement my income


Sounds reasonable, right?


Picture this:


Mondays I volunteered in the daycare center at YBS and then and worked a shift at the bakery


Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, I also volunteered at the Children’s Aid Society in Hamilton - Volunteer, MSW placement - whatever you want to call it - I wasn’t getting paid to be there 32 hours each week