Sunday Stories is a series that showcases individuals who overcame some of their toughest times by focusing on fitness & wellness. We're honored to share with you Kerianna's Story:
"My health and fitness goals have always had an overarching theme. I want to have the best quality of life for as long as possible. I took my very first yoga class when I was in high school and I remember being profoundly affected. It was the first time in my life that I experienced true peace of mind. My body felt like it was tingling all over. I was in a world removed from all the crazy stress of every day life and all my existential thoughts. I felt open and happy. I knew this was true wellness.
When I decided to pursue my dream of singing opera I did not realize how intertwined with yoga it would become. Singing is obviously a physical act; your body is your instrument. Just like an athlete must be in top shape and his/her body must be at peak performance, so must a singer’s. Like an athlete, a singer must have exceptional body awareness, but unlike an athlete a singer’s control over his or her body is subtle and passive.
In this way, yoga has taught me to be so acutely connected to my body. It has helped me focus and perform better in every task I set my mind to. Yoga motivates me to stay committed to all my other fitness and wellness goals and motivated me to stay educated and aware of all things related to health. It has helped me respect my body for all the amazing things it is capable of. If I can convey that same feeling from my first yoga class to even one person, I will be happy."