The Joy Of Yoga

joy of yogaEveryone searches for his or her passion. They say once you find your passion, you can choose a career path that will make work not feel like work. I’ve found my passion and it’s yoga. Yoga has changed my life. It has been an active factor in my commitment to sobriety, health and spirituality. I can think of no other path as fulfilling as helping others see how yoga can change their lives too.

I could never choose a favorite teacher. I have practiced with so many beautiful souls and each of them has had something different to offer that made them just as special as the next. Terry Lacy at Central Street Yoga in Bangor, Maine was the first teacher that I felt a strong connection to. I fell in love with yoga after practicing with Terry. Terry has a very kind heart and a wonderful sense of humor. In his class we are always trying something new, and he always leaves time at the end of class to play with inversions or partner poses. He always starts the class by asking if there is anything anyone wants to work on and thus he crafts the class based on what his students need. Heidi MacVane at Greener Postures in South Portland, Maine is another teacher who has been very influential on my journey. Heidi teaches a Vinyasa Flow class and has a wonderful ability to get her students into the flow of movement and breathe. She works us hard so our endorphins really pump while also smoothly integrating spiritual guidance throughout the class. She has a beautiful energy, radiating compassion, love and light.

I have chosen the one-month intensive Vinyasa Flow course at Anamaya Resort in Costa Rica. Vinyasa flow is the style I would like to teach and this seems to be the only training that is geared specifically towards that style. The space is beautiful, the teachers seem wonderful and the course is perfect. I considered other courses that would cover a broader range of styles so that I could have a more diverse learning experience, but I came to conclude that, especially since it’s only one month, it would be best to gain a deep understanding of the style I can really see myself teaching.

My dream is to own my own heated yoga studio and juice bar. I want to create a space where people can open up and allow them selves to be the beautiful being that they truly are. I want to create a space for people to connect with their higher selves, a place where people can develop a personal, unique understanding of their spirit within. I want to show people the beauty in connecting with the flow of the universe. I want guide people in experiencing the oneness of connecting the mind, body and spirit and come to an understanding of how important it is to our spiritual and mental health to have a healthy body. It is very important to me to offer many work-study opportunities and classes that are donation based, as much as a person can afford. I would also like to use these donation classes as a way for new teachers to get work and practice. I am also interested in creating donation-based classes centered around twelve-step recovery for those suffering from alcoholism and addiction.

I hope to develop a unique teaching style that will promote flexibility, muscle strength and cardiovascular health as well as promote personal growth and healing. I am confident that my purpose in life is to help others find peace, appreciation and happiness in their lives and I would like to do this through yoga.

2012 Yoga Scholarship Essay

By: Alexa Ward

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  1. Alexa Ward says:

    Hey everyone! Help me win a yoga teacher training! Love you all! Namaste!!!!!!

  2. liza says:

    Lexi is a beautiful, smart & funny young women. I’m so glad this has help her in her journey of life & I wish her All the Very Best;-) Luv ya~ lisa xoxo

  3. Art Vandelay says:

    As always poetically put Alexa.


    Editors note: “Art Vandelay”….really?!?! Do you also celebrate “Festivus?”

  4. Keith says:

    It seems as though Alexa has found her passion and will therefore never “work” another day in her life. When it would seem that the art of Yoga has literally saved her both physically and spiritually, I can think of no better credential that for her to teach this art and pass the savings if you will onto others. She gets my vote! :-)

  5. Melanie McKean says:

    I can’t imagine a better person to be a yoga intructor. Alexa is an amazing person who has much love and light to share with the world. Namaste~

  6. Debbie Ward says:

    To whom it may concern,
    There are not enough adjectives to describe Alexa Ward. She is a beautiful person inside and out and ready to further her education with energy and passion. I sincerely hope you consider Alexa for a placement in your program as she will not disappoint you.
    Thank you,
    Deborah l. Ward

  7. Bridget says:

    I love that Alexa has discovered the beauty and peace of yoga. I found it myself 10 years ago and have unfortunely have not made the space in my life for practice lately. I hope Alexa becomes a teacher so that I will have an excuse to make the time for yoga again. Follow your passion Alexa!

  8. jesse peterson says:

    You have an iron heart and can do anything it desires without being blinded by passion you shall rise!!
    be careful…
    like fire and powder…with a kiss it consumes

  9. david says:

    yoga is the best

  10. david says:

    yoga it the best

  11. jesse peterson says:

    You have an iron heart and can do anything it desires without being blinded by passion you shall rise!!
    be careful…
    like fire and powder…with a kiss it consumes

  12. John Medeiros says:

    Alexia you are an amazing women and i have learned so much from watching you grow. Im so blessed to have you in my life

  13. johnny tee says:

    alexa i think you are most definitely worthy of this honor. you are bright, and full of life!

    you would take so much from this adventure! best of luck!

  14. brandon says:

    if i could hit the like button a billion times ide do it just for u. youll get this and im rooting for you cuz if neone deserves to win this its u :)

  15. Dylan Fletcher says:

    You have really embodied what this is all about & I love it, you totally deserve to win!

  16. Mike Hawkins says:

    Alexa ward is a gem of a human being. I have had the opportunity to know her for quite some time. She has many special gifts. She has a very vibrant and enthusiastic, yet calming and also motivating personality.

  17. Adam Veaner says:

    Wow. YOGA!

  18. Dave says:

    She definitely deserves it!

  19. David Pardilla says:

    This sounds like it will be fun! hope you win!

  20. Carney says:

    How inspiring Alexa! Good luck!

  21. Kelsey says:

    Good luck Alexa!

  22. Hannah Gray says:

    Alexa can always make you smile, she has a glowing personality and has such appreciation for life and the people in it. If you are looking for a teacher to help others feel comfortable and find the true inner self, she would be perfect for the part.

  23. Dustin says:

    Yeahhh buddy!

  24. kayla buckley says:

    Alexa you’re amazing and you totally deserve this! good luck darling! <3

  25. Mark says:

    Alexa deserves to win this more than anyone else, she is a beautiful person inside and out. Good luck!

  26. Max K says:

    Good luck Alexa!

  27. Melissa says:

    Your energy speaks volumes. Get it girl.

  28. Michael B says:

    Good luck, you have a great spirit and will make an excellent teacher!

  29. Shea says:

    You totally deserve this Alexa! You are so kind and full of life, not only the joy of yoga, but the joy of you!!!

  30. Rachel C. says:

    Good luck girl! You deserve it!

  31. Molly L says:

    Alexa! You would be an amazing teacher! As long as you give me some free lessons!! Miss you lady!

  32. Robert Sylvain says:

    Alexa rocks!

  33. Alexi Tapia says:

    I’m an urban house dancer which is also a mind, body, and soul movement but after reading this I am considering yoga in my life and Alexa being my teacher only. She deffinitely has my vote. Goodluck girl!

  34. Phil S says:

    Love you Lex!!! Love the picture too I’ll never forget our first ANNUAL Wanderlust! You rock SOO hard, and I can’t wait to take your class MAMA! No one deserves it more!

  35. Devon Colella says:

    The world will be a better place with you as a guru, you have so much to offer and deserve to be offered an opportunity like this one.

  36. Cait Charles says:

    WOW this is great! Good luck!

  37. Mikayla Damon says:

    this is awesome go forth and make the world better =]

  38. Jackie says:

    Good luck Alexa, miss you tons<3 I know you deserve this!

  39. Eben Benson says:


  40. Jason Saucier says:

    We are all connected! Namaste

  41. Devon M says:

    Good luck Alexa!

  42. chelsea lynn says:

    AHHH this essay just gave me goosebumps. im so proud of you <3 u are my rock even tho we don't talk or see eachother as much as id like. you keep me strong some how. you will go far woman, you have the extra that most people dont. i love you and good luck!

  43. Joey Lawson says:

    My Vote goes to Alexa!! Very well writing and an emotionally moving piece here!! She is a very nurturing person and I believe can greatly help the Bangor area out in the PEACE department!

  44. Caitlin says:

    Good luck Alexa, sounds like you’ve found your passion in life, stick with it and it will be nothing but fulfilling.


    xo C

  45. Ned Donovan says:

    You should choose Alexa, without a doubt. She exudes a love for life and all things more than most people, and what is better in a yoga instructor than one who loves life, appreciates life, and works to promote life in others? Pick her.

  46. Christina Berube says:

    Alexa- great job and good luck!! I can’t think of anyone better for this than you!!

  47. Caroline Osborn says:

    I can’t wait to have you as my yoga instructor some day soon. I believe in you and have seen you become increasingly determined to follow your heart through accomplishing your dream. Best of wishes.

  48. Sean Campbell says:

    Good luck and hope you get it!

  49. brenda mckeown says:

    i never done yoga sounds like fun…maybe i will try it myself

  50. Kiersten says:

    go lex! you’re an inspiration!

  51. Sonia Ciocca says:

    Wow, amazing essay! Best luck with your yoga, your dreams of owning your own hot yoga studio and juice bar, and with helping others find peace. Such a great goal! Best wishes on this scholarship.

  52. Shanna Allen says:

    Your words gave me goosebumps! I know how far you have come throughout your journeys and adventures; you definitely deserve this! You are an extraordinary woman and have a bright and beautiful soul–I hope the judges of this contest can see that! Good luck Alexa! <3

  53. Tammy Walter says:

    No one deserves this more than Alexa. She is my inspiration and my guiding light.

  54. Kyle says:

    Good luck on your spiritual path.

  55. Alicia says:

    Yoga has changed my life as well. Best of luck Alexa!

  56. Kaycee says:

    I hope after you do it you can teach me how to yoga

  57. Megan says:

    Yoga is the perfect path for you! You’ll rock out as an instructor:) Good luck!

  58. Pete says:

    That’s my girl so make sure to vote… more

  59. alex says:

    good luck alexa!!! youll be great instructor

  60. Ricker says:

    Good Luck!

  61. Sonyablade says:

    I’m confident that Alexa is the choice for just this :) she deserves this probably more than anyone I know. Good luck & let me know when your first class is! I’d love to attend

  62. Annie says:

    Namaste Alexa!

  63. Cindy says:

    Alexa has been a beautiful soul from the moment she was born. I couldn’t be happier that she has found peace and her passion through yoga. I vote for her!! :-)

  64. Emma says:

    Reading your essay really made me want to get into yoga! I think you’ll do great at this, and I really hope you win, hun! :)

  65. Kae Pea says:

    Alexa would make an excellent teacher of yoga, seeing how she illuminates and encourages all she knows to grow.

  66. Gina says:

    Good luck alexa, bendy and spiritual is a winning combination!! Xx

  67. Kendall Cooper says:

    Alexa you are the most loving, open and spiritual being I have been fortunate enough to have in my life. I am so happy you have found yoga has an inspirational practice, and I cannot wait for you to share your light with others by teaching them what you have found in the healing power of yoga. I love you

  68. Sandy Bechard says:

    I am so happy to see you evolve into such a Yogi Alexa! You are the perfect candidate to be a yoga instructor. You are wise beyond your years! Namaste Sistah. Visualize yourself in Costa Rica and you’r more than half way there. You have a very bright future!

  69. yak says:

    Go for it, best of luck

  70. Rebecca says:

    Lots of positive vibes, Alexa!!!

  71. jack says:

    Alexa would make the best yoga teacher!!!

  72. Christy wise says:

    Good luck to you!!! :)

  73. brittany roussel says:

    thankyou for following your true self and allowing your light as a service to shine a pathway for others

  74. Susan Rooker says:

    No doubt – you would make a WONDERFUL Yoga Teacher!

  75. Andrew Doukas says:

    Sounds good, I hope you make some money at it as well!

  76. PJ Berube says:

    Go Alexa

  77. Scott Doucette says:

    WoW your writting is impressive, I hope that you are able to win this
    scholarship it will be well deserved and always remember rule# 1

  78. Ron says:

    You will be a great teacher!!

  79. Bianca Cooper says:

    I am so happy to see how far you have come my dear Alexa. I have made a point of keeping Yoga in my life as well (Vinyasa as my favorite to!) and it really is amazing what it does for the body mind and soul. I wish you the best of luck in seeing your well earned dreams materialize!

  80. C. Sims says:

    Amazing. Impressive young lady. Good luck.

  81. LUCY says:

    Go Alexa!

  82. Pat Casio Sowell says:

    Alexa, amazing that you have found your path. I am very excited for this opportunity that has arose in your life. May you continue to be blessed and be granted the ability to instill that great spirit of yours into others! Cheers-

  83. Meghan says:

    Alexa, best of luck to you!! I also did a one month intensive teacher training. Heart opening, life changing!! Namaste ~

  84. Sandy Whitney says:

    Alexa would be a great teacher! She is enthusiastic, energetic, positive, and an all around great girl. It is wonderful that you have this opportunity and I am so very proud of you. It is such a great goal to have!!

  85. Anna says:

    Good luck! This sounds like an amazing opportunity!

  86. Will says:

    Alexa, you have been opening to so much Light since I first meant you in this life. I am so excited for you on your Path :) I have also felt the calling of yoga. Much Love and Many Blessings! You are an amazing yoga instructor 😉 I cant wait til we all find out.

  87. catherine says:

    alexa, you have a beautiful spirit ! i hope you get this opportunity to help you on your journey to enriching peoples’ lives (:

  88. Tyler says:

    Good luck Alexa! Let your dreams become reality!

  89. Coral says:

    Best of luck!

  90. lydia peters says:

    Good luck baby boo I love youuu :)

  91. Michael Keefe Sedgewick says:

    Jai Bhagwan Alexa! All is coming!

  92. Caitlin says:

    Good luck, Alexa.

  93. Ms Jessi says:

    Your purpose in life will be fulfilled. Many blessings.

  94. CatG says:

    Bravo! I hope you win. Yoga helped me tremendously in my journey. I wish it was taught in every school,everywhere.

  95. Michelle Durrof says:

    Wishing you the best of Luck on your chosen path!

  96. Brittany says:

    good luck alexa <3

  97. lauren@spicedplate says:

    Thinking of you and wishing for the best!

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