Finding My Inner Badass

I have never been athletic. In high school P.E. class, my nickname was Coordination… because I had none. When I was younger, I had a super fast metabolism so I could eat anything and still stay relatively thin. In my 30’s, my metabolism came to a screeching halt. I also worked in an office where brownie bites were a regular afternoon snack. I gained weight, and I had never learned how to exercise so I didn’t know what to do. I thought exercise was something everyone hated but did because they had to, like going to the dentist. In 2012, I got engaged. We wanted to get married soon, and I wanted to lose weight—fast. I had taken hot yoga for a short time 10 years earlier when some friends convinced me to go, so I decided to give it another try. And I fell in love. I learned that my body is capable of doing amazing things. (The discipline also made my rule-following heart happy.) Most days, I still wish my stomach was smaller, and I may never be able to touch my forehead to the floor, but when I’m in the hot room, I feel like a badass. Yoga taught me that physical activity can be something I look forward to, not something I dread. Yoga taught me to love what my body can do.

-Amy Assouad

Carol Stocks