We all have a story to share that has gotten us to this very moment in time. Here is mine…
What this blog is about
1999: I stepped into a yoga class
No one is sent to you by accident
My advice to new yoga teachers
Writing became my outlet
See, I started my first blog in 2005 over on google’s blogger platform.I had just finished grad school and was living in Mumbai, India working in the slums of Bandra. It was my first time visiting India as an adult and my family and friends, although supportive, were less than confident that this ABCD (American Born Confused Desi) would survive in India, let alone working in the slums for more than a few days. In an effort to keep them all in the loop (and prove them wrong) about my Indian adventure without inundating their inboxes I started a blog and captured my experiences. I loved writing and had more than enough material to write home about. The blog evolved as my travel diary where I continue to capture my more detailed travel stories around the world. Interested in reading it? I’d love to share it with you one day but for now It’s not a public blog.
Lifting weights. Running marathons.
In 2008 I “accidentally” stumbled upon Crossfit (there’s that accident again). One of the first Bay Area Crossfit boxes Crossfit Unlimited now Crossfit Milpitas, opened at the gym I was teaching yoga at and I was encouraged to try it out. 10 minutes of Tabatha squats later, I was hooked. As I mentioned movement has been a part of my life since I was 8 years old starting with Soccer later evolving into track and cross country, then yoga and kickboxing … so it wasn’t a surprise that I was immediately attracted to Crossfit.
With yoga and crossfit my body quickly grew stronger, my knee healed, and I started running longer distances again, and completed my first full marathon. But I still didn’t feel great.
Paleo + Zone
Meditation: My missing link
How do food, movement, and meditation coexist?
Not all who wander are lost
I won’t claim to know it all, far from it. But, what I do know is this
Powerful impact can come from a simple change.
What you do consistently is what you will become, it’s what we call a habit.
Quick fixes don’t exist. Sustainable change requires consistent work (see #2).
Your mindset alone can define your happiness and suffering. It’s why some of Mumbai’s poorest people had some of Mumbai’s richest smiles
Health is our most priceless commodity and greatest responsibility. Your body is a temple, worship it, nourish it, learn from it.
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Ritu Riyat is an Applied Yoga and Meditation coach and Diversity and Inclusion leader in Silicon Valley. She creates simple habits to support sustainable health through food, movement, and meditation.