As someone who has participated in a number of running races, triathlons etc., people sometimes ask “are you training for anything?” My new answer is “yes - for life...” When I first became interested in fitness and nutrition, and studied to be a Personal Trainer, body aesthetics was my first motivator. Knowing that this is vanity at it’s best, I soon began to realize that fitness and nutrition go way beyond physical appearance. It was when I began practicing Yoga and people would say "you look great... have you lost weight? Are you working out a lot..." that I began to shift my perspective. As an overall feeling of well-being began to settle in, my perspective shifted, leaving me with peace of mind and self acceptance. As I discovered the powerful mind/body connection in yoga, I found that the teachings of the practice provide a perfect balance weaving the physical benefits with the mental and spiritual awareness. I noticed that as I was becoming aware, the alignment was obvious. Now my approach to health and fitness center around this idea of "training myself for a healthy life!"