Sixteen years ago, when I entered the yoga studio for my first yoga class I had no idea the path I was about to embark on. It was before yoga was the latest craze. I wandered into it mainly out of curiosity and partially because I needed something to help me remove the extra stress in my life. I still remember the beautiful hard wood floors, the incense that filled the air and the beautiful lady with her hair spun up in a bun. She looked like she was straight out of Cosmo magazine. Over the next few years it was not the practice of yoga that I found to be my best find – it was meditation. Yoga helped me unwind the knots all tensed up in my physical body and meditation did the same for my mind -on a spiritual level.
If you are driving along I-65 in Alabama headed towards Pensacola Beach, you’ll see this pleasant little sign right off the interstate. And no, I did not get creative with the graphics again. It’s real. Welcome toThe Bible Belt.
I was born and raised in Mississippi and I grew up in a conservative, Southern Baptist family. The South is full of religion -mainly differing forms of Christianity. There is a church every 15-20 miles. While some church goers are genuine and accepting, others tend to think that their personal beliefs reign supreme. They think that they are right and anyone who believes otherwise is wrong. Please do not misunderstand. I am not bashing Christians. I have quite a few Christian friends who are wonderful people and respect all views…. but there are others.. and it is extremely unfair because the “others” make it really difficult for well meaning Christians.