Many years ago I walked into my first yoga class. I didn’t know it at the time, but that simple decision would change the course of my life. Before I found yoga and meditation, my body ached, my mind was chaotic and my heart wounded. Today, life has its ups and downs and I stumble and fall often, but I’m able to return to my center more quickly thanks to my practice.
Because of yoga and meditation, I was able to come out and then to live well with HIV. Most importantly, yoga and meditation helped me to find the courage necessary to become a single father and then to remain present to my son through life’s many highs and lows.
I believe yoga and meditation are available for anyone—young or old, rich or poor, religious or non-religious. It doesn’t matter how you identify—yoga and meditation can calm your mind, open your heart and restore balance to your body.
I have devoted the past thirty years to deepening my own practice and doing my small part to share that practice with others through my classes, workshops, books and podcasts.
Darren Main is a yoga and meditation instructor and author. He facilitates workshops and gives talks on yoga and modern spirituality throughout the United States and abroad.